ALBANY, NY – Only in Hollywood is a man responsible for the death of so many given an award. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and his state is leading the nation in COVID-19 deaths since the pandemic began, but he’s done a knock-out job delivering that news each day to millions of Americans. The horror-reality tv star is going to receive an international Emmy award for his daily COVID-19 briefing.
“I’d like to thank the 34,000 people in my state for this award, I couldn’t have done it without you,” is an unlikely scenario for Cuomo’s acceptance speech.
Cuomo will receive this year’s International Emmy Founders Award, in recognition of his leadership during the Covid-19 pandemic and his masterful use of television to inform and calm people around the world. The Emmy will be presented to Governor Cuomo, also a New York Times best-selling author, during the Academy’s live, International Emmy Awards show streaming at 11 AM ET, on the Academy’s website www.iemmys.tv.
“On March 2, 2020, New York Governor Cuomo conducted a media briefing from Manhattan to inform and educate New Yorkers and the public at large about the coronavirus outbreak that was just starting to be recognized as a massive public health threat. That 12-minute introduction, part of a 34-minute session with other state leaders, was the first of 111 consecutive daily briefings for New Yorkers and the wider world about the grim progress of the worst pandemic to hit the United States in a century,” the Academy said. “The briefings were carried live by New York’s local TV stations, nationally on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News and other news outlets in the U.S. and around the world. The last “daily” briefing was held on June 19, 2020. These daily communications have drawn a total of 59 million viewers.”
Cuomo made a controversial and deadly decision in March along with other Democrat governors to force nursing homes to take in COVID-19 infected patients. That led to the deaths of tens of thousands of senior citizens in several states that followed his guidance.