New York Governor Andrew Cuomo projects back his family Thanksgiving plans

On Monday, Cuomo told WAMC radio presenter Alan Chartock that his 89-year-old mother, Matilda Cuomo, plans to travel to Albany for the holiday with her two daughters.

“My mother will come up and my two daughters, this is the current plan,” Cuomo said.

“But plans are changing,” he warned. “I have a lot of work to do from now until Thanksgiving.”

Later in an interview – as well as at an earlier press conference of the day – Cuomo warned New Yorkers who plan to hold a Thanksgiving celebration as usual that this is dangerous, given that the virus could spread to large indoor gatherings. He had previously signed an enforcement order that limited private indoor gatherings to a maximum of 10 people.

“It’s not a normal Thanksgiving, despite the distribution,” Democrat Cuomo said on Monday.

The CDC recommends a Thanksgiving day against the trip
Health experts have warned against holding large, long, indoor gatherings at this Thanksgiving amid a renewed boom in coronavirus cases. The CDC advised not to travel to the celebration and stated that shorter, smaller, outdoor and properly placed gatherings pose less risk of the virus spreading.

Cuomo’s apparent dissonance has sparked the rage of some on Twitter, including New York City Elise Stefanik, who called the governor “hypocritical”.

“Do as I say, not like me,” – Stefanik is a Republican tweeted. – I have a family, but no one for you.
California Governor Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, was similarly criticized for attending a lobbyist’s birthday party earlier this month in a large group, with no one wearing a mask. He later apologized and said he had made a mistake.

Cuomo reverses the plans

Rich Azzopardi, a senior adviser to the Cuomo, told CNN on Tuesday that the governor’s plans had changed and he would not see his family on the holiday.

“Given the current circumstances with Covid, he has to work with Thanksgiving and won’t see them,” Azzopardi said.

Cuomo spent a long time at his dear press conference the sadness and frustration of his own family over Thanksgiving, saying he had repeatedly explained to his mother why it was not safe to travel to the holiday.

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“I didn’t want to disappoint my mother,” Cuomo said. “Eighty-nine years old, and he thinks, ‘How many thanksgiving do I get?’ “

One of her daughters, who lives in Chicago, also planned to visit Thanksgiving Day and resulted in a tearful phone call to discuss how to travel safely during a pandemic, but eventually decided to stay home.

“It’s hard, but sometimes it’s hard to be smart,” Cuomo said.

Cuomo said he would instead be grateful for the core workers and front workers who sacrificed themselves to get the people of New York through Covid.

“It’s a special Thanksgiving. It’s more special than the other Thanksgiving because it’s really about giving thanks and honoring the people who sacrificed for us over the past year,” Cuomo said. “I thank all the essential workers who showed up at work every day. That way we were able to stay home safely.”

CNN’s Eric Levenson contributed to the report.