New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) is increasingly losing patience with his recalcitrant subjects.
With many businesses struggling to simply survive, Cuomo stripped liquor licenses from 12 New York City bars for not adhering to coronavirus-related safety rules, the Washington Examiner reported.
Cuomo raids businesses
Gov. Cuomo has proudly boasted about the job he has done handling the coronavirus crisis in his state, despite a bruising nursing home scandal and high mortality rates — tragedies he has sought to blame on President Trump.
Despite (or maybe because of) these shortcomings, Gov. Cuomo has been more than happy to aggressively shut down New York business owners for failing to adhere to rigid, and at times seemingly arbitrary, rules.
Over the weekend, the state conducted a sweep and completed 1,300 “compliance checks,” according to a press release, and ended up closing another 12 bars in the Big Apple alone — making a total of 45 throughout the state.
Cuomo said that he is “sending a clear message” that coronavirus restrictions will be enforced, and violators punished, to the tune of $10,000 per violation. “Egregious” violators will lose their licenses, he said.
“Local governments must enforce the law, but the task force has stepped up its efforts and with these additional suspensions we are sending a clear message that the State will not hesitate to take action against businesses that put New Yorkers’ health and safety at risk,” Cuomo declared.
Governor lashes out
The suspensions come as Cuomo has taken criticism for some of his coronavirus-related rules, including a recent policy requiring bars to serve food as a condition of staying open.
The governor was accused of acting like a tyrant last week when he appeared to claim that chicken wings are not actually food, although the state later clarified his comments.
“To be a bar, you had to have food available — soups, sandwiches, etc. More than just hors d’oeuvres, chicken wings. You had to have some substantive food — the lowest level of substantive food were sandwiches,” he said.
The governor was also piqued over an “illegal and reckless” Chainsmokers concert that took place in the Hamptons this weekend. As he promises to investigate the event, however, Cuomo has been questioned for not also condemning large anti-racist protests that have cropped up in the state in recent weeks.
It looks like Cuomo is having a grand old time, though the same certainly can’t be said of those he governs.