New York City Parks spokesperson Megan Moriti told CNN in a statement, “Our park enforcement patrol officers were patrolling the park this weekend – they corrected many amplified sound, alcohol and smoke conditions and also distributed masks Made and educated the patron. “
Andrew Cuomo of the New York government said last week that NYU officials and police had not done enough to break up the gatherings at Washington Square Park. He pointed to a gathering with students that lasted for hours and at which many did not wear masks.
“In fact, NYU security did nothing about it, the local police did nothing about it,” Cuomo said.
NYU was investigating the incident, it said.
“It’s not hard … not tough by NYU administrators, who said as soon as they heard about it, it should be stopped,” Cuomo said. “Send NYU Security, Break It.”
CNN’s Alec Snyder and Laura Ly contributed to this report.