Governor Andrew Cuomo said Monday he could welcome his 89-year-old mother, Matilda, for Thanksgiving – after giving a lecture to New Yorkers over the past two weeks about staying home for the holiday and urging loved ones to do the same because of the coronavirus epidemic. .
“The story is that my mother will come up and my two daughters,” the governor said in an interview on WAMC radio, adding a warning, “But plans are changing. But that’s my plan.”
The 180 occurred only a week after the governor described having had difficult discussions about the holiday with his mother, who wanted to spend time with him and his other children.
– I’m talking to my mother about Thanksgiving, more talking about Thanksgiving. [She said] – We have to get together for Thanksgiving. Mom, we can’t get together for Thanksgiving, she said.
The Cuomo has asked the people of New York to spend the holiday alone, warning that the rapid spread of COVID-19 is due in part to smaller indoor gatherings in recent months that the weather has become cooler.
“My personal advice is not to hold family reunions – not even on Thanksgiving,” he told a conference with reporters on Wednesday.
The next day, the governor urged, “This year, if you love someone, it’s better and safer to stay away.”
Earlier in a press conference on Monday, Cuomo warned that this year’s Thanksgiving is about “life and death” before offering a story about her daughter, Mariah (25), shouting at her over the phone to make the tough decision to stay inside. Chicago.
“We walk through all the logic and decide not to come home for Thanksgiving and then start crying and saying,‘ I feel so bad … I couldn’t wait to see you and I can’t get there, ’” Cuomo recalled.
“He who has children knows when his child cries.” You feel the pain worse than they do. “- He told.
The governor’s youngest, Michaela, 22, then reminded her that “this is not a normal Thanksgiving. It’s a special Thanksgiving… because it’s stronger and more meaningful, and it’s not just about marketing and dressing, ”Cuomo said.
Michaela, 22, and Mariah’s twin sister, Cara, is expected to be home at the celebration.
Cuomo later posted to Twitter about how hard it was for Mariah not to join the family, but she couldn’t “think of a better gesture of love than saying I make the tough decision to keep you and our family safe. “
The tweet did not mention the experimental plan for the woman to come up to Albany from her Manhattan home.
This opportunity has sparked a rapid response online, including from Republican New York MP Elise Stefani, who tweeted “That’s one of the many reasons why Cuomo is America’s worst governor.”
– there is no limit to his arrogance and hypocrisy.
Councilor Joe Borelli (R-Staten Island) told The Post, “The governor lives in an alternative reality.”
– Four family members, plus police details, cooks, caterers, cleaners, assistants and staff. If these outsiders can come to the governor’s mansion for Thanksgiving than on a daily basis, in and out, it’s a whole other thing to tell New Yorkers Aunt Tilly can’t, ”the Republican said.
The restraint seemed to have had an effect, as the Cuomo office issued a statement hours later that it would indeed be working on Turkey Day now.
“As the governor said, he discussed taking care of his mother with his two daughters on Thanksgiving for four, according to all state-issued guidelines, but as he said, plans are still changing,” said Rich Azzopardi, Cuomo’s senior adviser.
“Given the current circumstances at COVID, you have to work with Thanksgiving and you won’t see them. Don’t tell your mother – you don’t know yet.