New York sheriff won’t enforce Cuomo’s Thanksgiving lockdown policies: ‘Your house is your castle’

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FULTON COUNTY, NY – New York’s Governor Cuomo has laid down the law when it comes to regulations about how New York residents can celebrate the holidays, but one upstate Sheriff boldly states that his people won’t be enforcing these policies.

Governor Cuomo has mandated a 10-guest limit for private Thanksgiving gatherings.

Richard Giardino, Fulton County, New York Sheriff, gave the following statement:

“With regard to the Thanksgiving Executive Order, the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office will NOT be enforcing it against our County residents. 

Frankly, I am not sure it could sustain a Constitutional challenge in Court for several reasons including your house is your castle. And as a Sheriff with a law degree I couldn’t in good faith attempt to defend it in court, so I won’t.”

Sheriff Giardino has said that Governor Cuomo’s Thanksgiving executive order is overreach and is “scaring the hell out of people.” He also said that what “people do in their homes is private” and not in the purview of law enforcement.

In an excerpt from Giardino’s Facebook post, this caught our attention:

“So don’t feel a need to hide cars, cover with leaves or walk 3 blocks so your house doesn’t become a target of the Governors EO.”

And this:

“We have three patrols a shift for 500 square miles, monitoring Family Dinners aren’t our priority.”

Here’s the post in its entirety:

“I have received numerous calls, texts, messages, posts and emails inquiring about Governor Cuomo’s Thanksgiving Executive Order and whether the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office intends to enforce it.

First, an Executive Order applying directly to citizens for their private conduct is usually not a law in the sense that there are no penalties attached and you can’t be arrested.

Businesses are different.  An Executive Order can authorize the State Health Department, the State Liquor Authority, the State Department of Taxation and Finance and other similar Agencies with jurisdiction over businesses, to write up, suspend or revoke their licenses and\or fine a business for a violation.

With regard to the Thanksgiving Executive Order, the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office will NOT be enforcing it against our County residents.  Frankly, I am not sure it could sustain a Constitutional challenge in Court for several reasons including your house is your castle. And, as a Sheriff with a law degree, I couldn’t, in good faith, attempt to defend it in court, so I won’t.

Who and how many people you invite into your home is your business, unlike outdoor gatherings which may receive a police response if disorderly or other violations of public nuisance laws occur.

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.  We won’t be doing that.  The only way to enter your residence is if we have a warrant, we are invited in, or an exigent or emergency circumstance exists. We have three patrols a shift for 500 square miles, monitoring family dinners aren’t our priority. 

So don’t feel a need to hide cars, cover with leaves or walk 3 blocks so your house doesn’t become a target of the Governors EO.

I trust people in Fulton County to use their own judgement on who and how many people they invite.  Obviously, if you have high risk family members, you will weigh the risks to your loved ones versus the reward.  Thanksgiving is just that, a time to give thanks for what we have or have received over the year.

2020 has been the most chaotic year for so many people between the CV19, job furloughs, or loss of jobs, interference in education and every other activity. The riots and civil unrest which have cost millions of dollars and damaged or destroyed thousands of businesses and injured multiple people.

The constant barrage of Government Regulations and control over your daily lives has added to mass depression, the exacerbation of other medical conditions due to stress, and the disruption of your normal routine. 

Honestly, in 2020, we have had all the disasters of the 1900s.  A Pandemic (1918-19), a financial depression (1930s) and the civil unrest and riots of the 1960’s.  All this in the last 8 months.  With that said most people want a time to be thankful for the good things we have including family and friends. 

I urge you to use good judgement, wear masks, wash and disinfect frequently, and social distance.  The safety of your loved ones, family and friends should be the priority. 

I personally want to thank all the first responders, medical staff from maintenance thru CNAs to Nurses, Doctors and Admin for what they’ve done.  I want to thank teachers and administrators, store employees, the businesses who have tried to keep the people employed and their business operating.

There truly are a lot more essential services from DPW employees to Gas stations to repair shops.  I know I’m not listing every category, but you get the drift.

I want to thank all the employees in all Divisions of the FCSO for what they do every day.

Fulton County Sheriff Richard Giardino”

Sheriff Giardino added:

“People have enough anxiety in their life without thinking that the police are going to come to their door and check on how many people are there.  But they hear it on TV and think if they add in grandma, they are going to be arrested.”

Criticizing Governor Cuomo is not a new action for Sheriff Giardino.  Earlier this year, he attacked the Governor’s police defunding and bail reform efforts, explaining what they’ve cost New York residents:

“Between the CV19, job furloughs, or loss of jobs, interference in education and every other activity.  The riots and civil unrest which have cost millions of dollars and damaged or destroyed thousands of businesses and injured multiple people.”

Giardino has been accused of having a political battle with the Governor, since Giardino is a Republican and Cuomo is a Democrat.  He responded:

“I don’t view this as political, I view it as common sense.  People have common sense. They are not going to jeopardize family members. They are not going to jeopardize close friends. Most people respect the masks. … Basically, as a lawyer, former DA and judge, if I got brought into court, I can’t justify it constitutionally. The threat is not so great that we should be limiting who they can have for Thanksgiving.”

Governor Cuomo has issued his orders for the holidays – but we can bet for sure there will be at least a couple of counties in the state where they won’t be enforced.

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Report: NY Governor Cuomo missed 17 ‘Coronavirus Task Force’ briefings, still attacks Trump

November 13, 2020

ALBANY, NY – Democratic New York Governor Andrew Cuomo wants America to believe that he is all-knowing when it comes to how to lead a state out of the pandemic. 

And yet, to be the all-knowing on a subject, one should be fully knowledgeable on the topic. 

And how can someone be fully knowledgeable when they miss over a dozen briefings?

Ask Mr. Cuomo, who feels that he is so enlightened and well versed on the subject that he had a book written called “American Crisis, Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic.” 

And yet, he has reportedly missed 17 different meetings with the White House Coronavirus Task Force which was designed to inform state leaders on the COVID-19 vaccine.

News of Cuomo and his failed appearance at the meetings was first reported by the New York Post on November 11th

They noted that he has failed to attend the meetings and is now a vocal critic of President Trump’s vaccine plan. 

Although this is not surprising, it is sad that anyone, regardless of party, is not as informed on something as important to the safety and welfare of American citizens as this may be.

Instead of listening to what President Trump’s administration has to say, he instead stuck to the democratic talking points pre-election and said that the plan presented by the administration is “flawed.” 

In his words, he claims that he has spoken with other Governor’s to ‘fix’ the President’s plans or “stop it before it does damage.”

And yet, after the President’s administration sent someone to talk to Cuomo about his reservations about the plan, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, he allegedly refused to meet with him. 

According to the Post, Alexander Cochran, special council for Cuomo, refused to meet with Azar on October 22nd

In true partisan form, Cuomo alluded that he would not meet with anyone from the President’s administration because they were a ‘circus.’  He said:

“They do briefings once a week or something.  I’ve also missed circuses.  I don’t go to a lot of circuses.  Between the White House conference call and a circus, I think a circus would teach me more about COVID.”

Cuomo claimed that the news about the vaccine was flawed and alluded that he would block any plans on it being distributed throughout New York. Again, with missing over a dozen meetings that might have truly informed him on the topic.  He said:

“We can’t let this vaccination plan go forward the way that Trump and his administration is designing it.”

How can he truly know what the Trump administration had planned if he never met with them? 

It doesn’t matter, because whatever the Trump administration had given as a plan would arguably have been shot down by any democrat, regardless if it was of sound mind and science.

Cuomo, and members of his team, instead of hearing out what the President’s administration had to say about how the plan would be implemented, instead immediately tried to claim that the President and his team were racist. 

Cuomo’s team alluded that they were apprehensive because they did not know how the President would effectively distribute the vaccine to people of color.

And yet, instead of listening to the plan, Cuomo and his staff instead just imply ignored any opportunity to meet to discuss it.  However, Republican Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson did accept the offer to meet with Azar. 

In that meeting, all concerns were met to the Governor’s satisfaction, which might have been the case had Cuomo listened instead of playing partisan politics. 

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