WATERTOWN — Drivers were honking their horns, waving American flags and advocating for New York to reopen its economy during a protest Saturday morning.
For around 25 minutes, a parade of cars circled Public Square in protest of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s extension of the PAUSE order to keep all businesses deemed nonessential closed until at least May 15.
Antonio Bell was part of the protest, driving a pickup truck with his friend Chris Meyer, who said he is a disabled veteran, in the front seat and a man in a tactical vest standing in the bed waving a flag.
Antonio Bell says it’s time to get back to work pic.twitter.com/rzxdPkZu27— Ben Muir (@muirbenj) April 18, 2020
“It’s time for Cuomo to get the American people back to work,” Mr. Bell said from his truck through car horns. “These people are getting sick of sitting at home. It’s time to come to an end.”
John and Tina Adams, of Brownville, were circling the square in their vehicle as well, wearing “Trump 2020” ball caps.
“We’re here to support Trump,” Mr. Adams said. “We want the economy back. People need to survive. Small businesses are essential. We need to get back to life.”
David Johnson, driving his car with Cindy Johnson in the front seat, could be seen in the protest telling onlookers “county by county.” They’re from Alexandria Bay.
“We want to reopen the economy county-by-county,” Mr. Johnson said. “Not the whole state at the time. You’ve got to care for everybody — not just the few.”