The governor's mandates led to both praise and condemnation, with Cuomo coming under the most intense criticism for a state health department advisory issued in March that required nursing homes to accept residents regardless of whether they had a confirmed or suspected diagnosis of COVID-19.
Andrew Cuomo will be receiving an Emmy Award for his coronavirus briefings, but brothers Peter and Daniel Arbeeny joined "Fox & Friends Weekend" to reminisce on his doomed decision to fill nursing homes with COVID-19 patients.
The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, whose members include media and entertainment figures from over 60 countries and 500 companies, announced Friday it plans to present the award to the Democratic governor in a live-streamed show Monday.
New York City became the epicenter of the nation's COVID outbreak this past spring, which lead to a statewide shutdown of schools and businesses and daily news briefings by Cuomo.
Paisner said Cuomo is being honored with the academy's Founders Award for using his briefings to inform and calm the public. Cuomo follows in the footsteps of Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg, and Al Gore, who are among past recipients.
The pandemic peaked in early-to-mid April, when over 18,000 people were hospitalised at the same time medical facilities recorded as many as 800 deaths in one day. That 12-minute introduction, part of a 34-minute session with other state leaders, was the first of 111 consecutive daily briefings for New Yorkers and the wider world about the grim progress of the worst pandemic to hit the United States in a century. At least 6,400 NY coronavirus deaths stemmed from the assisted-care facilities where Cuomo pushed the plague. In 2006, he was elected New York State Attorney General.