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Cuomo's Holiday Restrictions Coming Under Scrutiny

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Governors from across the Northeast want colleges to increase testing for college students before they leave for the Thanksgiving break and quarantine for 14 days either before or after they leave campus for their home-states.

They caution students who return home without testing and quarantine to social distance away from people outside their household.

The announcement comes as law enforcement from across New York criticize Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Thanksgiving plans, calling them “unenforceable.”

The governor warned New Yorkers not to hold large gatherings on Thanksgiving, saying his gut feeling is that there will be a “tremendous spike” of the virus after the holiday.

Cuomo has set a limit of 10 or fewer people at in-home gatherings. But some county sheriffs in the state have said they don’t plan to enforce those rules, saying it’s a violation of people’s privacy. The governor condemned the sheriffs’ comments, saying they can’t pick and choose what laws they enforce and that it’s a violation of their constitutional duties.

“There’s a law, and you have to enforce the law,” Cuomo said. “Or don’t call yourself a law enforcement officer.”

The governor admitted there are practical issues with sheriff’s deputies enforcing the law, but he said that’s different than refusing to carry out the law.

Karen has covered state government and politics for New York State Public Radio, a network of 10 New York and Connecticut stations, since 1990. She is also a regular contributor to the statewide public television program about New York State government, New York Now. She appears on the reporter’s roundtable segment, and interviews newsmakers.