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A sheriff from New York is taking a stand and refusing to enforce Governor Andrew Cuomo’s strict COVID-19 Thanksgiving restrictions.

Cuomo, a Democrat, recently announced new coronavirus restrictions for the entire state of New York as Americans prepare to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. Among the restrictions was the rule that gatherings in New York must be limited to under ten people, even in private residences. Like the true liberal he is, Cuomo justified these restrictions simply by citing “science.”

“New York follows the science. We know indoor gatherings and parties are a major source of COVID spread,” Cuomo said. “To slow the spread, NYS will limit indoor gatherings at private residences to 10 people. This limit takes effect Friday at 10pm.”

Fulton County Sheriff Richard Giardino has since fired back by defying Cuomo, saying that his deputies will not be enforcing the new restrictions. Giardino, who has a law degree, explained in a Facebook post that has since gone viral that he does not believe Cuomo’s COVID-19 regulations are constitutional.

“With regard to the Thanksgiving Executive Order, the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office will NOT be enforcing it against our County residents,” the fed-up sheriff wrote.

“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,” Giardino added. “Who and how many people you invite in to your home is your business, unlike outdoor gatherings which may receive a police response if disorderly or other violations of public nuisance laws occur.”

The sheriff went on to say that he trusts his local residents to use their “own judgement,” although he did still urge them to take other coronavirus precautions seriously.

Giardino doubled down on this in an interview with the Albany Times Union, saying that Cuomo is “scaring the hell out of people” and that the government should not be legislating in situations where citizens are perfectly capable of exercising “common sense.”
 

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But what about the police chief?
 

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Which police chief?
LOL, my bust I read New York and just envisioned New York City. Has been a very long and trying day.
 

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LOL, my bust I read New York and just envisioned New York City. Has been a very long and trying day.
What I thought. He's sheriff of Fulton county about 160 miles north of NYC.
 

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Difference is, the Guv can have the mayor fire the Police Chief. Sheriff can't be fired by the mayor or governor.
 

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That makes no difference to me if the Chief can be fired except that makes him inclined to follow the illegal orders of the Guv.
 
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That makes no difference to me if the Chief can be fired except that makes him inclined to follow the illegal orders of the Guv.
That was the point.
 
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Gotcha
 
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Couldn't the NY governor send (order) the NY state police to that county to enforce his order?

Asking for a friend. <sarc>
 

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Could not the Sheriff just arrest them if the NY Gov did send them in?

Asking for a different friend.......;)
 

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Is the governor of NY actually suggesting that police officers force law abiding citizens to leave their families' Thanksgiving dinner or risk arrest?

If so, that sounds like a good way to start this "boogaloo" that I've been hearing so much about.
 

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Difference is, the Guv can have the mayor fire the Police Chief. Sheriff can't be fired by the mayor or governor.
The governor can't fire the mayor, either. Nor can he order him to do squat. The mayor doesn't work for him.


Could not the Sheriff just arrest them if the NY Gov did send them in?
Why, yes he could.
 

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A couple more NY county sheriffs on record declining to enforce Gov. Cuomo's T-Day order ... Fulton, Erie, Washington & Saratoga counties.


Fulton County Sheriff Richard Giardino wrote in a Facebook post on Saturday, “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,” Giardino wrote.

“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,” he added.
 

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A couple more NY county sheriffs on record declining to enforce Gov. Cuomo's T-Day order ... Fulton, Erie, Washington & Saratoga counties.

They should all band together and tell him that they will arrest him for treason if he imposes restrictions on the people.
 

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