New York: At least three sheriffs in New York are refusing to enforce Governor Cuomo’s 10-person holiday limit for private gatherings over Thanksgiving. Fulton County Sheriff Richard Giardino, a former judge and district attorney, said, “Constitutionally, there are some problems with an executive order. There’s no sanctions, I can’t go arrest somebody, they don’t get fined.”
Sheriff Giardino said that he felt compelled to make a public statement because mental health cases have doubled since last year and there is a high level of anxiety. He said that the job of local law enforcement is to protect and serve its citizens, not to enter their homes to enforce limits on visits with family members.