New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is telling citizens to stay home and cancel all Thanksgiving plans, attempting to enforce what people can do in the privacy of their own homes by implementing a 10-person maximum. However, New York sheriffs continue to publicly announce their refusal to abide by the Governor’s cap on gatherings.
Over the weekend, Fulton County Sheriff Richard Giardino took to Facebook to express his unambiguous disagreement with Cuomo. “Frankly, I am not sure it could sustain a Constitutional challenge in Court for several reasons including your house is your castle,” wrote Sheriff Giardino.
“And as a Sheriff with a law degree I couldn’t in good faith attempt to defend it in Court, so I won’t…We have limited resources and we have to set priorities, so obtaining a Search Warrant to enter your home to see how many Turkey or Tofu eaters are present is not a priority” added Giardino.
Monday, Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo expressed similar sentiments. “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 press release.
Two days after Cuomo announced the restrictions, Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard said his office would simply flat out ignore the mayor’s decision. Senior Cuomo adviser Richard Azzopardi doubled down on the policy saying, “Politicians acting like politicians and ignoring what the actual experts say has been fueling the spread of this virus is what plunged this country in this continued public health crisis in the first place.”
Azzopardi added, “we urge everyone to continue to be smart and act responsibly” which is ironic considering New York has been allowed to act irresponsibly by protesting, rioting and looting, all under Cuomo’s leadership. Nonetheless, Azzopardi pathetically adds, “we know this makes people unhappy, but better unhappy then sick or worse.” If everyone pretends they are looting or vandalizing their families homes instead of celebrating the national holiday, Cuomo won’t say a peep. Bring your skateboards, bullhorns and bricks everyone!