Many of our favorite television shows were put on hold this year, as taping stopped for the COVID pandemic.
For many people, the most interesting thing on television has been the regular press briefings related to the virus. New York City was one of the worst-hit areas of the country, and New York’s governor Andrew Cuomo took center stage in the crisis, hosting regular news briefings about the situation in the city.
For his press briefings, Cuomo has received an International Emmy award.
Gov Andrew M Cuomo of NY will receive the International Emmy Founders Award in recognition of his leadership during the Covid19 pandemic & his masterful use of TV to inform & calm people around the world. The Emmy will be presented to @NYGovCuomo on Nov 23 https://t.co/dwKIImwYNV pic.twitter.com/1mKkmg6FKW
— International Emmy Awards (@iemmys) November 20, 2020
International Academy President & CEO, Bruce L. Paisner explained the decision, saying that, “The Governor’s 111 daily briefings worked so well because he effectively created television shows, with characters, plot lines, and stories of success and failure. People around the world tuned in to find out what was going on, and New York tough became a symbol of the determination to fight back.”
In a conference call with reporters on Friday after the award was announced, Cuomo said that he was flattered by the gesture. He said he’s already taped his acceptance speech for the virtual ceremony, which will be held at 11 am on Monday and streamed on the International Emmy’s webpage.
“It’s flattering. I accept it on behalf of the people of the state of New York,” Cuomo said.
The Academy commended the governor for “his leadership during the Covid-19 pandemic and his masterful use of television to inform and calm people around the world.”
The daily briefings began on March 2nd and ended on June 19th. They typically featured PowerPoint presentations and other images to illustrate what was happening. According to the Academy, about 60 million people tuned into Cuomo’s briefings, through TV networks and social media platforms.
As expected, the decision drew criticism from conspiracy theorists and Republicans who either don’t believe the virus is a threat, or are generally unhappy with Cuomo’s actions during the crisis.
The New York Republican Party mocked Cuomo’s nomination, saying that he should win “best actor in the fictional story lines he’s created declaring himself a great leader.”
The party suggested that the governor really deserves an award for “Most Power Hungry Dictator.”
Cuomo won the 2010 New York gubernatorial election to become Governor of New York and has been reelected twice after winning primaries against liberal challengers Zephyr Teachout and Cynthia Nixon.
During his governorship, Cuomo oversaw the passage of the 2011 Marriage Equality Act, introducing same-sex marriage in New York, and the 2014 Compassionate Care Act, legalizing medical marijuana.
In response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting and the 2012 Webster shooting, Cuomo signed the NY SAFE Act of 2013, the strictest gun control law in the United States. He co-founded the United States Climate Alliance, a group of states committed to fighting climate change by following the terms of the Paris Climate Accords.
He also delivered Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, a 2011 tax code that raised taxes for the wealthy and lowered taxes for the middle class, along with 12-week paid family leave along with a gradual increase of the state’s minimum wage to $15.