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Cuomo, Suffolk County Sheriff Butt Heads Over Covid-19 Thanksgiving Limits

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Mark Lennihan
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo urges New York residents to celebrate with their household.

Governor Andrew Cuomo blasted law enforcement agencies in New York that say they will not enforce the state’s guidelines for smaller Thanksgiving celebrations during the pandemic.

Cuomo limited gatherings in private homes to 10 people. He is concerned Thanksgiving will spread the virus around the state, if celebrations include people from outside the household.

“How a law enforcement officer says ‘I choose not to enforce that law.’ I believe that law enforcement violates his or her constitutional duty. I don’t consider them a law enforcement officer,” Cuomo said. 

On Long Island, Suffolk County Sheriff Errol Toulon said his department won’t enforce the Thanksgiving guidelines. Critics of the rules say the state shouldn’t control what happens inside private homes.

Cuomo says that’s what laws already do — for domestic violence, illegal drugs and many other violations.

Suffolk County police department officials plans to ramp up enforcement to comply with the guidelines.

A native Long Islander, J.D. is WSHU's managing editor. He also hosts the climate podcast Higher Ground. J.D. reports for public radio stations across the Northeast, is a journalism educator and proud SPJ member.