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After Cuomo Says Your Thanksgiving Must Be Limited – New York’s Finest Pushes Back, Two Sheriffs Refuse To Enforce
By Ben Dutka|November 17, 2020
After Cuomo Says Your Thanksgiving Must Be Limited – New York’s Finest Pushes Back, Two Sheriffs Refuse To Enforce

With coronavirus cases on the rise, some political leaders are reinforcing certain restrictions and social distancing regulations.

For example, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced a new ban on indoor gatherings of more than 10 people. This includes holiday gatherings.

However, some of the state’s finest will resist enforcing these orders.

This has been the issue facing many lawmakers and politicians during the pandemic: how to enforce the called-for restrictions?

If citizens push back, should police intervene and if they do, what should be the punishment?

Well, a growing list of New York police officers aren’t about to get involved either way.

Via The Daily Caller:

Two New York sheriffs on Monday joined the list of police who have vowed not to enforce Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Thanksgiving coronavirus restrictions.

Sheriffs from Fulton County, Washington County, Saratoga County, and Erie County have publicly stated they won’t enforce Cuomo’s order.

And apparently, this list just keeps growing.

For instance, Washington County Sheriff Jeff Murphy wrote that he won’t participate in any “Thanksgiving Crackdown” (per The Post Star).

Murphy said that how you plan to celebrate Thanksgiving in your own home “is your business.”

Fulton County Sheriff Richard Giardino echoed this sentiment, and added in a Facebook post that he “would NOT be enforcing” the restrictions.

He also suggested Cuomo’s order might not be constitutional:

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 Court, so I won’t.

Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard chipped in, saying he has “no plans to break up the great tradition of Thanksgiving dinner.”

It’s possible that more law enforcement personnel will step forward and resist Cuomo’s orders.

And others might not publicly condemn the restrictions, but may not work very hard to punish citizens who decide to do as they please for the holidays.

Beyond enforcement of these restrictions, many Americans wonder if such orders are fair and constitutional.

The question of individual rights versus enacting restrictive rules “for the greater good” remains very much in play, and will continue into 2021.

Key Takeaways:

  • New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has issued new pandemic restrictions that affect holiday gatherings.
  • But several law enforcement individuals aren’t on board. A “growing list” say they will not enforce Cuomo’s orders.
  • How to enforce these restrictions, and whether or not they infringe on individual rights, remains a key argument.

Source: The Daily Caller

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Ben Dutka
Ben S. Dutka is a journalist, writer and editor with over two decades of experience. He has worked with three newspapers and eight online publications, and he has also won a Connecticut short story contest entitled Art as Muse, Imaginary Realms. He has a penchant for writing, rowing, reading, video games, and Objectivism.
Ben S. Dutka is a journalist, writer and editor with over two decades of experience. He has worked with three newspapers and eight online publications, and he has also won a Connecticut short story contest entitled Art as Muse, Imaginary Realms. He has a penchant for writing, rowing, reading, video games, and Objectivism.
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