After months of never making a wrong move (which made me the envy of all my non New Yorker friends), why in the world did you decide to open up COVID vaccine registration to age 65 before all of the essential workers and those over 75 had been able to even make an appointment?
It almost felt like I was standing in quicksand when, after filling out the same questionnaire a zillion times, I would click “save appointment” and less than a nanosecond later the dreaded red sentence “sorry this appointment is no longer available” would pop up. Governor, please try to imagine how, I, and many of my fellow “older” New Yorkers feel after wasting long fruitless days searching every possible website in growing despair and frustration because of your decision.
Finally this past Tuesday I achieved what I was beginning to believe was the impossible dream, an appointment at the Mt Sinai satellite in Chelsea for 10:45 this morning. I was thrilled! I printed out my two confirmations, one received yesterday and one this morning, called an Uber and happily set off on a $20.00 ride downtown. After presenting my normal-temperatured and double masked self at the reception desk as ordered, I was told the Chelsea location “doesn’t give vaccines” and that even if they did the City of New York has none left!! I, of course, asked to speak to the Supervisor who, upon seeing my two confirmations was most puzzled and apologetic. She explained that after you, Governor, opened up the next category their website, in essence, had a nervous breakdown (my interpretation of her words)!
Andrew how could you do this to me (to us)? I am beyond disappointed in you and your decision, therefore, difficult as this is, I’m breaking our engagement and sending your ring back.
Below is his reply which makes me wonder which “appropriate staff member” handles his broken engagements? (note not even “Dear Florence”)
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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo