New York Sheriffs Defend Constitution; Four New York Sheriffs Refuse To Enforce Cuomo’s Thanksgiving Gathering Restrictions

November 16, 2020 | By Bernadette Hogan and Kenneth Garger | New York Post

“Three more New York sheriffs say they won’t enforce Cuomo’s Thanksgiving limit”

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“Three more upstate New York sheriffs have announced their refusal to enforce the state’s private gathering limit on Thanksgiving.

In a scathing Facebook post on Saturday, Fulton County Sheriff Richard Giardino questioned the legality of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s newly instituted 10-person cap on parties and other gatherings in private residences.

“Frankly, I am not sure it could sustain a Constitutional challenge in Court for several reasons including your house is your castle,” the sheriff wrote in the Saturday post.

“And as a Sheriff with a law degree I couldn’t in good faith attempt to defend it Court, so I won’t,” he said.”

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Four New York Sheriffs Refuse To Enforce Cuomo’s Thanksgiving Gathering Restrictions Link To Article 

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“Two New York Sheriffs on Monday joined the list of police who have vowed not to enforce Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Thanksgiving coronavirus restrictions.

The governor announced Wednesday a new prohibition on indoor gatherings of more than 10 people two weeks prior to the family holiday, according to Business Insider. Sheriffs from Fulton County, Washington County, Saratoga County and Erie County have publicly refused to enforce the recent order, the New York Post reported.

Washington County Sheriff Jeff Murphy wrote that he won’t be partaking in a “Thanksgiving Crackdown” on Monday, according to The Post Star.

“Who and how many people you have at your house for Thanksgiving is your business,” Murphy wrote, according to the local outlet. “I think we’ve all had quite a 2020 and can use our own best judgment without government oversight of a sacred and special holiday.””

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