Cincinnati mayor releases first of a number of state of town video addresses

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In another unusual year, Cincinnati’s mayor presents his address for the state of the city in an unusual way. Mayor John Cranley posted the first of a series of video addresses on Sunday. It focused on the impact of COVID-19 on the city and reminded residents of the city’s trip last year. The video contained a few minutes of remarks from the mayor, as well as excerpts from interviews with city guides and clips from press conferences: “About a year ago in March our world turned upside down,” said Cranley. “That month of March and April was one of the scariest and scariest moments of my life, as a parent and certainly as your Mayor.” The address comes in Cranley’s last year as Mayor. The 20-minute video features a montage of clips starting with the city’s press conference announcing the first coronavirus cases. The mayor highlighted the city’s quick response in areas such as COVID-19 testing and setting up a makeshift hospital at the Duke Energy Center when hospitals are full. He also gave insight into the decisions the city guides were making behind the scenes: “City administrator Patrick Duhaney bought supplies from around the world from midnight to 8 a.m. to stay one step ahead of the crisis,” said Cranley. “In fact, he did it before most Americans realized it was going to be a crisis. Cincinnati was fortunate enough to have PPE for our first responders when many cities didn’t.” Cranley also spoke about the difficult decision to vacation 1,700 city workers that he had promised to bring back and do. “I’m being honest with you, one of the reasons I was so sad was because I knew I was determined to bring you back, but I didn’t know how,” he said. “I’m proud to say that we brought you all back, partly because we got relief from Washington, partly because Cincinnati figured out how to deal with the virus, and partly because of the hard work of Chris Bigham and the City Administrator and The Attorney and so many others have to make important and difficult decisions early on. “The mayor said he plans to post more video segments later this week, focusing on topics such as crime, poverty, economy, traffic and racial justice .

In another unusual year, Cincinnati’s mayor presents his address for the state of the city in an unusual way.

Mayor John Cranley posted the first of a series of video addresses on Sunday. It focused on the impact of COVID-19 on the city and reminded residents of the city’s trip last year. The video contained a few minutes of remarks by the mayor as well as excerpts from interviews with city guides and clips from press conferences.

“About a year ago in March our world turned upside down,” said Cranley. “This month of March and April were some of the scariest and scariest moments of my life, as a parent and certainly as your Mayor.”

The address comes in Cranley’s last year as Mayor.

The 20-minute video features a montage of clips starting with the city’s press conference announcing the first cases of coronavirus.

The mayor highlighted the city’s quick response in areas like COVID-19 testing and the establishment of a makeshift hospital at the Duke Energy Center to be used when the hospitals are full.

It also provided insight into decisions city guides were making behind the scenes.

“City administrator Patrick Duhaney bought supplies from around the world from midnight to 8 a.m. to keep one step ahead of the crisis,” said Cranley. “In fact, he did it before most Americans realized it was going to be a crisis. Cincinnati was fortunate enough to have PPE for our first responders when many cities didn’t.”

Cranley also spoke about the difficult decision to take 1,700 city workers off leave that he wanted and did to bring back.

“I’m being honest with you, one of the reasons I was so sad was that I knew I wanted to bring you back, but I didn’t know how,” he said. “I’m proud to say that we brought you all back, partly because we got relief from Washington, partly because Cincinnati figured out how to deal with the virus, and partly because of the hard work of Chris Bigham and the city manager and the lawyer and so many others to make important, difficult decisions early on. “

The mayor said he plans to post more video segments later this week that will focus on topics such as crime, poverty, the economy, transport and racial justice.