Assemblyman Charles Barron tests positive for coronavirus

AmNews Staff Reports | 3/14/2020, 10:14 p.m.
Brooklyn Assemblyman Charles Barron confirms with the AmNews that he has tested tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).
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Brooklyn Assemblyman Charles Barron confirms with the AmNews that he has tested tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).

Barron, 69, is one of two state legislators who have tested positive for the virus. The other is Brooklyn Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein.

"Inez and I are in high fighting spirits as usual," Barron said. "We want to thank everyone for all their prayers and expressions of love. I am going to beat this virus just as I have won so many other victories, especially with the love of my life, my wife Inez, cheering me on. We will be coming back stronger than ever, so stay ready for the revolution."

The announcement was made by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie on Saturday.

"It has come to our attention that two of our Assembly colleagues - Helene Weinstein and Charles Barron - have been diagnosed with COVID-19," Cuomo and Heastie said in joint statement. "It is important to note that both members have not been in Albany since early March for separate reasons. Speaker Heastie has been in contact with both members and we are taking swift action to address this situation."

The two added that the State Capital and the Legislative Office Building in Albany will undergo intense cleaning and that all legislators and staff that have come in contact with Barron and Weinstein will be tested.