Cuomo says New York concert on ‘egregious’ violations of social alienation to be investigated

Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon performs at the Schimanski nightclub in Brooklyn, New York on October 14, 2018.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said Monday that health authorities would investigate a charity concert, which included performances by Goldman Sachs chief David Solomon and the Chainsmokers, about violations of social alienation.

The self-service event, called ‘Safe & Sound’, had room for about 600 cars and was held in Southampton, New York on Saturday. It was the first in a series of concerts planned for the United States, according to its organizer’s website.

Salomon, who is named DJ D-Sol, was on stage and performed for an hour. “The group that organized this did an amazing job in a difficult environment,” he said in an interview here with Bloomberg.

“Videos from a concert held in Southampton on Saturday show heinous violations of social estrangement,” Cuomo said in a tweet here “I am appalled.”

Organizers said in a statement that they collaborated with all state and local health officials and that the concert followed the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

New York has been one of the worst regions affected by coronavirus in the United States, registering more deaths than any other state in the United States. Cuomo, a Democrat, announced a limited and gradual reopening in the state starting in mid-May, according to the New York Times here.

Proceeds from the event, for which tickets cost up to $ 25,000, will go to various local charities, according to Billboard here.