New York Gov Cuomo to bizarrely get Emmy for ‘masterful TV’ for Covid briefings after backlash over ‘leadership’ book

ANDREW Cuomo will receive an Emmy for the “leadership” he displayed during more than a hundred daily coronavirus briefings which have been praised as “masterful television.”

The New York governor will be presented the 2020 International Emmy Founders Award during a live-streamed show on November 23, the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences said on Friday.

Gov Andrew Cuomo will receive an Emmy award, the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences said on Friday

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Gov Andrew Cuomo will receive an Emmy award, the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences said on FridayCredit: Getty Images – Getty
The politician will be presented the trophy during a live-streamed show on November 23

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The politician will be presented the trophy during a live-streamed show on November 23Credit: Getty Images – Getty

The academy praised Cuomo‘s “masterful use of television to inform and calm people around the world” from Albany.

International Academy President and CEO Bruce Paisner said the governor’s decisive action made his state “a symbol of the determination to fight back.”

“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,” he said.

“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.”

The Founder’s Award is presented to an individual or organization that “crosses cultural boundaries to touch our common humanity.”

Cuomo conducted the first of 111 consecutive daily briefings on March 2 from Albany to inform New Yorkers and the American public about the threat of what would soon become a massive public health crisis.

The Academy called his daily coronavirus briefings 'masterful television'

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The Academy called his daily coronavirus briefings ‘masterful television’Credit: NY.Gov
'People around the world tuned in to find out what was going on,' the academy said of Cuomo's press conferences

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‘People around the world tuned in to find out what was going on,’ the academy said of Cuomo’s press conferencesCredit: Gov. Andrew Cuomo
The New Yorker was praised for informing and warning the public of the virus threat

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The New Yorker was praised for informing and warning the public of the virus threatCredit: AP:Associated Press
Cuomo's first of 111 consecutive briefings aired on March 2 and the last was televised on June 19

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Cuomo’s first of 111 consecutive briefings aired on March 2 and the last was televised on June 19Credit: AP:Associated Press

His final briefing aired on June 19, and the daily communications reached 59million viewers, according to WABC.

Despite mishandling the outbreak at state nursing homes, Cuomo’s Covid response has landed him a $25,000 raise even as New York faces a severe budget deficit.

The pay bump from $225,000 to $250,000 set to take effect on January 1, 2021 will make him the highest-paid governor in the country.

But Cuomo told reporters on Wednesday that neither he nor members of his cabinet will take the raise, given the states economic woes.

The governor is raking in additional cash from sales of his book, American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic, which hit stores last month.

Cuomo’s book was panned by some critics as a “deranged victory lap” written in “the prose of a sociopath.”

In a review for the Washington Examiner, reporter Tiana Lowe also dubbed the book as a way for Cuomo to “crank out some drivel for personal profit while dealing with no real end in sight for the coronavirus.”

The Democrat‘s book delivers a retelling of his efforts to contain the virus as it ravaged his state in spring.

In it, Cuomo describes trying to placate President Donald Trump in order to get needed hospital beds, ventilators, and other supplies for his state.

Cuomo's Covid response landed him a $25K pay raise, bumping up his salary from $225K to $250K

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Cuomo’s Covid response landed him a $25K pay raise, bumping up his salary from $225K to $250KCredit: Getty Images – Getty
The governor wrote a book about his handling of the coronavirus outbreak in New York

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The governor wrote a book about his handling of the coronavirus outbreak in New YorkCredit: AP:Associated Press
The Founder's Award is presented to an individual that 'crosses cultural boundaries to touch our common humanity'

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The Founder’s Award is presented to an individual that ‘crosses cultural boundaries to touch our common humanity’Credit: AP:Associated Press

Cuomo also addresses a frequent criticism of his leadership style: that he is overly controlling.

“You show me a person who is not controlling, and I’ll show you a person who is probably not highly successful,” he wrote.

As for his mistakes, Cuomo concedes only a few. Among them, he said, was that he waited too long to mandate that New Yorkers wear masks.

Cuomo reveals in his book that a mistake he made was not mandating New Yorkers to wear masks sooner

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Cuomo reveals in his book that a mistake he made was not mandating New Yorkers to wear masks soonerCredit: Reuters
Cuomo clashes with reporters over shutting of New York schools due to Covid

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