ALBANY, NY (AP) – The New York governor says he is “appreciated” by a video showing the crowd standing together at a Hamptons concert featuring electronic music duo The Chainsmokers over the weekend.
Andrew Cuomo of the government’s Department of Health said “violations of serious social distances will be investigated.” Cuomo warned in a conversation with reporters on Tuesday that violations of public health law could result in civil penalties and criminal liability.
“We have no tolerance for the illegal reckless endangerment of public health,” the governor’s Monday night tweet reads.
The Saturday Night Concert – called “Safe and Sound” – was billed as a charity drive-in show in Southampton, where Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon and Southampton Town Supervisor J. Schneiderman’s band also performed.
Cuomo questioned why local law enforcement was not broken, which was “out of control and all rules were being violated.” He said the state’s investigation would look into the role of local leaders and reports of “ongoing” violations in the village of Southampton.
Cuomo shared a social media video, viewed more than 6 million times, showing a crowd of people standing and standing near the stage. The video shows attendees who appeared to be wearing masks, but several individuals stood close to 6 feet (2 meters).
The governor is criticized when he argues that local governments have largely failed to enforce social disturbances and mask regulations in New York. State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker defrauded Schneiderman in a letter and questioned how Southampton issued a permit for an event that poses a threat to public health.
The organizer of the concert, In the Experience, did not immediately respond to requests for comment by email and phone on Tuesday. Schneiderman’s office did not immediately make him available for interview.