ALBANY, N.Y. (WWNY) - After Governor Andrew Cuomo took a swipe at law enforcement agencies that don’t enforce the state’s COVID-19 rules, the New York State Sheriff’s Association fired back with a message to New Yorkers late Monday afternoon.
The fight is centered on one of Cuomo’s executive orders, restricting residential gatherings to ten people or fewer. It’s a rule that’s drawing plenty of criticism with the holiday season just around the corner.
In a COVID-19 briefing Monday, Cuomo said, “You have sheriffs upstate who have said ‘I’m not going to enforce the law.’”
Cuomo went on to say that he believes a law enforcement officer who chooses not to enforce the law is violating his or her constitutional duty.
In response, the New York State Sheriff’s Association is calling Cuomo’s comments “ironic” and “disingenuous,” pointing out that the Governor has told State Police that it does not have to enforce the order.
The Sheriff’s Association message goes on to say, “We do not know if the Governor’s limit on home gatherings to ten individuals is the right number or not. That is a decision for science, not us, to make. We do know, however, that the Governor has attempted to foist upon local law enforcement an impossible task. How are officers to know, without violating citizens’ right to privacy and other Constitutional rights, how many people are in the home?”
The association’s message urges personal responsibility, asks people to stay informed, and recommends they take the necessary steps to keep themselves and their families safe.
A copy of the association’s letter was signed by St. Lawrence County Sheriff Brooks Bigwarfe.
Read the entire message below: