New York Sheriff Stands Up to Cuomo — Refuses to Enforce His Anti-Thanksgiving Decree
Fulton County Sheriff Richard Giardino has publicly declared he won’t be enforcing New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 10-guest limit for Thanksgiving get togethers. In a Facebook post, the sheriff pointed out that he didn’t think the order was constitutional.
With regard to the Thanksgiving Executive Order, the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office will NOT be enforcing it against our County residents. 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.
The sheriff also added,
We have limited resources and we have to set priorities, so obtaining a Search Warrant to enter your home to see how many Turkey or Tofu eaters are present is not a priority. We won’t be doing that. The only way to enter your residence is if we have a warrant, we are invited in or an exigent or emergency circumstance exist. We have three patrols a shift for 500 square miles, monitoring Family Dinners aren’t our priority.
So don’t feel a need to hide cars, cover with leaves or walk 3 blocks so your house doesn’t become a target of the Governors EO.
I trust people in Fulton County to use their own judgement on who and how many people they invite. Obviously if you have high risk family members you will weigh the risks to your loved ones versus the reward. Thanksgiving is just that, a time to give thanks for what we have or have received over the year.
When COVID-19 first started taking off, our sheriff took a similar hands-off approach and it was much appreciated. It was also smart because it kept his police from being seen hassling churchgoers or shutting down struggling small businesses trying to support their families.
As to Cuomo and the other fascistic politicians like him, who the Hell do they think they are? They cheer on protests in the street that they agree with and then they turn right around and tell people they aren’t supposed to see their families over Thanksgiving. Who are they to make those kinds of decisions for people? Who are they to decide you have to live a pale shadow of a life because they’re afraid?
I'm all in favor of people taking precautions to avoid getting COVID-19, but you can't center your life around it. Go to dinner with friends. Kiss that girl. See your family over Thanksgiving. Go to the gym. Go on vacation. If you don't, you're losing whether you get it or not.
— John Hawkins (@johnhawkinsrwn) November 16, 2020
If you want to see your family over Thanksgiving, go see your family over Thanksgiving no matter what the politicians say.