New York leaders react after Trump calls NYC a 'ghost town' at debate

President Donald Trump answers a question during the second and final presidential debate at Belmont University on October 22, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee.
President Donald Trump answers a question during the second and final presidential debate at Belmont University on October 22, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. Photo credit Morry Gash-Pool/Getty Images

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- During Thursday’s final presidential debate, President Trump said New York City was a “ghost town” as he slammed the economic impact of measures put in place in U.S. cities to combat the spread of coronavirus.

“If you go and look at what has happened to New York, it’s a ghost town,” Trump said. “Take a look at what’s happening to New York. It’s dying.”

The critique led to reactions from New York leaders, including Mayor Bill de Blasio, City Council Speaker Corey Johnson and Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Addressing the president in a tweet, de Blasio wrote: “New Yorkers are bringing our city back stronger than ever. It’s nothing short of heroic. The only ‘ghost town’ will be Mar-a-Lago after you're forced into retirement on Election Day.”

“We’re coming back strong. No thanks to you, President Trump,” de Blasio also tweeted, pointing to the city’s testing capacity and the reopening of schools.

“NEW YORK IS NOT A GHOST TOWN!” Johnson tweeted.

“I had to wait 15 minutes to order pizza in person tonight!” the Council speaker added.

Council member Mark Levine tweeted a video showing crowds of people on sidewalks and at restaurants.

Trump’s comments also led to a response from Melissa DeRosa, secretary to Cuomo.

“New York is shut down? News to me,” she wrote.

The governor also responded on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”

“It’s nothing new. Trump hates New York. Feelings are probably mutual. We did the exact opposite that he has done on this COVID situation,” Cuomo said.

The governor added that “New York has a lower infection rate than the White House.”