New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, has earned widespread praise for his regularly scheduled press briefings held to provide updates on the coronavirus pandemic.
After more than 100 days of the daily public appearances, however, the New York Post reported that he was no longer holding them as of Friday.
“Love does conquer all”
As for why he’s calling his pressers quits, Cuomo offered a positive review of his administration’s coronavirus response and confirmed that he would still provide important updates as needed.
“We showed that in the end, love does win. Love does conquer all — that no matter how dark the day, love brings the light,” he said, according to the Post. “That is what I will take from the past 111 days. And it inspires me and energizes me and excites me.”
Though New Yorkers will not be able to tune in each day for the briefings, Cuomo told them that he is “not going anywhere” as the state continues to battle COVID-19.
“I will still do what I do, we just don’t have to do it every day and that’s a good thing and let’s hope it stays that way,” he said, according to the Post.
Of course, not everyone in the media was smitten with the governor’s often lengthy and elaborate briefings, as evidenced in a Vanity Fair piece bidding “farewell to the sideshow” that the conferences had become.
“I was counting every day”
Cuomo, for his part, referenced the “long journey” his state had taken as the epicenter of coronavirus within the U.S., offering a glimpse of optimism during Wednesday’s briefing — two days before his final daily appearance.
“It was about 42 days up the mountain and about 66 days down the mountain,” he said, according to Vanity Fair. “Who’s counting? I was counting every day. We’ve climbed the mountain and we’re on the other side.”
In addition to providing a forum for important information, Cuomo described the briefings as “fun,” but noted that the time had come to “move onto other things” as the number of confirmed cases trends downward.
“We did what we had to do, my friends, and we did it together, and we did it every day,” he said, according to Politico.
While many residents of the Empire State have expressed gratitude for his accessibility throughout the ongoing health crisis, others are pleased that Cuomo will now have time to focus on the other major issues impacting the state. Perhaps now he’ll get back to being more of a governor than a TV personality.