New York Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled his new plan to crackdown on price gauging at local shops across the state this week; announcing a line of prisoner-made hand sanitizer to help fight the Coronavirus.
“As the number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus continues to rise, unscrupulous retailers are exploiting New Yorkers’ anxieties about the virus, and charging exorbitant prices for hand sanitizer and other similar products,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday.
“He said the inmate-produced ‘NYS Clean Hand Sanitizer’ will be available to New York residents free of charge as well as to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which operates New York’s subways and commuter railroads, to other state agencies and to New Rochelle, the Westchester County city that’s been the epicenter of the state’s coronavirus outbreak,” reports Fox News.
UPDATE: There are now 142 confirmed cases of COVID-19 coronavirus in New York state, most of which in Westchester County. Gov. Cuomo also unveiled a new, state-branded hand sanitizer, which smells like a "floral bouquet." #ROC
— News 8 – WROC-TV (@News_8) March 9, 2020
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announces hand sanitizer created by the state, and says it will be distributed to schools, governmental agencies, MTA, prisons and more, calling it "a superior product to products now on the market." https://t.co/iNGFbepCLw #coronavirus pic.twitter.com/naJSkSyj1Y
— ABC News (@ABC) March 9, 2020
Oh my. New York has produced its own hand sanitizer. Here’s Gov. Cuomo pitching it. pic.twitter.com/lcWsDDNseA
— Jon Campbell (@JonCampbellGAN) March 9, 2020
“It’s much cheaper for us to make it ourselves than to buy it on the open market,” he added.
New York State pays incarcerated workers 65 cents per hour.
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Source: Fox News