Reopening across New York State needs to move as quickly as possible, Rep. Tom Reed said in a media call Wednesday.

Reed, a Republican who represents the 23rd Congressional district, referenced a Siena College Research Institute poll released Wednesday that showed the majority of respondents (all registered voters within the state) believe, by a margin of 65% to 32%, that reopening too early presents a bigger danger than the economic impact and job losses resulting from closings.

Reed said the Siena poll press reflects a snapshot in time

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“One of the things I always try to do when I look at polls is not to look in the rearview mirror, but lead,” Reed said. “When you lead, it’s amazing how polls will change.”

Information gleaned from phase one of reopening did not reflect an increase in cases, Reed said. To enter the second phase of reopening safely, regions within the state must meet state-mandated metrics.

“What most people are expressing is a legitimate concern that when we reopen that we make sure we do it safe and responsibly,” Reed said. “I think as we go further down this path, more and more people are coming off the sideline and saying we can get back to work, and we can do this safely and responsibly in regards to the virus.”

As the region continues to safely return to work, Reed said he anticipates the polls trending in favor of reopening.

Earlier in the day, Reed shared a press conference with Rep. Tom Suozzi, a Democratic who represents New York’s 3rd Congressional district, and Stephen J. Acquario, executive director of the New York State Association of Counties. Reed said he is advocating for the Federal Reserve Board to extend Municipal Liquidity Facility funds to smaller local governments.

The fund, part of the CARES Act, has aided larger counties with interest-free or low-interest borrowing. Reed said he is confident from his initial conversations with Jerome Powell, chairman of the Federal Reserve, that relief will be coming.

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