Gov. Andrew Cuomo has ripped new York sheriffs after news of ignoring his COVID-19 restrictions over Thanksgiving. News traveled that the sheriffs will not be enforcing his mandate on limiting gathering to ten people.
“I don’t believe that as a law enforcement officer, you have a right to pick and choose what laws you will enforce,” Cuomo raged Wednesday during a news conference.
The governor released new restrictions last week in response to the coronavirus surge, stating that New York gatherings would be limited to only ten people, even at private residences.
Cuomo is confident that the New Yorkers “follow the science,” adding that indoor gatherings and parties contribute as a major source of COVID-19 spread. He then announces his restriction to commence on Friday at 10 P.M.
However, Cuomo didn’t elaborate on how the new restrictions would be enforced and instead left local authorities’ decisions. Fulton County Sheriff Richard Giardino declared he wouldn’t be following the mandate.
“About the Thanksgiving Executive Order, the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office will NOT be enforcing it against our County residents,” wrote Giardino in a Facebook post.
According to the New York Post, Washington County Sheriff Jeff Murphy stated the rules would not also be enforced in his county. Sheriff Michael Zurlo of Saratoga County echoed the same for his jurisdiction.
“I can’t see how devoting our resources to counting cars in citizens’ driveways or investigating how much turkey and dressing they’ve purchased is for the public good,” said Zurlo in a news release.
The Post also reported that Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard claimed his office would also ignore the 10-person gathering limit. Cuomo fired back at the sheriffs and told reporters that his mandate is “a law” that the enforcers must follow. He claimed such an attitude is “frightening to democracy, arrogant and violates your constitutional duty.”The governor added that the law enforcers’ opinion about a law “doesn’t matter,” and their task is to enforce it.
The outlet further reported that Cuomo’s latest COBID-19 restrictions irked politicians in the state, one of whom is Staten Island Republican City Councilman Joe Borelli.
Borelli tweeted last week that he has been planning on hosting a party with over ten guests. The councilman dared a crackdown. Cuomo’s spokesman later clarified that the governor isn’t encouraging the enforcers to arrest but to prevent illegal gatherings.