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.”
“It’s not a normal Thanksgiving, despite the distribution,” Democrat Cuomo said on Monday.
Cuomo’s apparent dissonance has sparked the rage of some on Twitter, including New York City Elise Stefanik, who called the governor “hypocritical”.
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.
“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.