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NEW YORK — Gov. Andrew Cuomo shot down the idea of having Staten Island reopen ahead of the rest of New York City Monday.

The governor was asked about the idea of Staten Island reopening separately from NYC during his daily coronavirus briefing.

“What you would have to say is Staten Island is a place unto itself,” Cuomo said. “If you live on Staten Island, you very well may be working in Manhattan, you’re traveling through the New York City area, so Staten Island is part of New York City.”

Several Staten Island officials requested that the state consider the borough be allowed to begin the reopening phases since they appear to have fulfilled the needed metrics to restart.

“Other counties have had ban lifted on elective surgeries & preventive procedures upon meeting metrics w/o having to wait on entire region. Putnam county was 1st in Hudson Valley. Suffolk was allowed to resume before Nassau. Why is Richmond County in NYC being treated differently?” State Assemblyperson Nicole Malliotakis said in a tweet.

Sen. Andrew Lanza tweeted “The facts and metrics on the ground on Staten Island should determine what happens on Staten Island.”

As of Sunday night, Staten Island has reported over 13,000 confirmed cases and 719 fatalities, according to the NYC Dept. of Health.

New York City has only met four of the seven metrics laid out by Gov. Cuomo.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said he believes the city can begin its reopening phases by early June.

NYC has been considered the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic, with over 195,000 confirmed cases.