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Cuomo Receives Award For ‘Inspired Leadership’ During Covid-19: Critics Question His Achievements

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo received the “Edward M. Kennedy Institute Award for Inspired Leadership” during the Covid-19 pandemic. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker will also receive the same award.

“I am honored to receive the 2020 Edward M. Kennedy Institute Award for Inspired Leadership,” tweeted Gov. Cuomo. “I learned about humanity, leadership and putting people first from the great Senator Ted Kennedy.” Guomo congratulated his fellow recipient Gov. Charlie Baker for the award.

Cuomo also received an Emmy Award for the viral press conferences he held in the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic.

But not everyone is happy with how the NY Governor has handled the virus in the state. As of December 7th, there have been 7,147 reported Covid-19 deaths in Nursing and Adult Care facilities throughout the state. Many of these critics associate Cuomo’s directive to take in Covid-19 patients back in March with thousands of deaths in nursing homes.

“Leadership is about good and sound judgment. Gov. Cuomo exercised misguided leadership. He’s responsible for this nursing home problem, and the deaths are on his hands,” Michael Caputo, assistant secretary for public affairs at the US Department of Health and Human Services, told The New York Post back in May.

Between March 25 and May 8, approximately 6,326 COVID-positive patients were admitted to nursing homes, according to a state health department report.

Despite all the critics none of these claims have ever been proven.

Click image to read in full Gov. Cuomo advisory on admissions to nursing homes:

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American and Southwest stand by vaccine mandate, despite Abbott’s ban

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American Airlines and Southwest Airlines are still planning to comply with President Biden’s executive order regarding the COVID-19 vaccine. The order requires all their employees to be vaccinated by Dec. 8t. As a result, they will be ignoring Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s ban on vaccine mandates.

Abbott announced his own executive order, effectively banning mandates even from private employers, on Tuesday. “In another instance of federal overreach, the Biden Administration is now bullying many private entities into imposing COVID-19 vaccine mandates, causing workforce disruptions that threaten Texas’ continued recovery from the COVID-19 disaster,” Abbott said. “The COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective, and our best defense against the virus, but should remain voluntary and never forced.”

Yet both airlines are requiring their employees to be vaccinated by Nov. 24. This comes despite Southwest’s impromptu cancellation of over 2,000 flights over the weekend. At the time, the airline blamed the cancellations on air traffic control and weather conditions. However, SaraACarter.com was unable to verify that any other airline had to cancel near as many flights for the same reasons. This has left many to speculate that Southwest actually cancelled flights due to their employees walking out as a direct result of the mandate.

Reporter Jack Posobiec tweeted out a flyer circulating among the anti-vaxx Southwest employees. Currently, they are planning a protest outside of Southwest headquarters next Monday. The protest will be called “Freedom Not Force.”

Southwest told Reuters it “would be expected to comply with the President’s Order to remain compliant as a federal contractor.” In addition, American similarly said Abbott’s order does not change anything.

You can follow Jenny Goldsberry on Twitter @jennyjournalism.

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