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A New York small business owner is trying to lighten the Thanksgiving mood for residents in the state while taking a shot at their Democratic governor and his draconian coronavirus orders.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s latest edict directed at pandemic-weary New Yorkers limits the number of people who can attend Thanksgiving gatherings. And with some county sheriffs in Upstate New York saying they will not enforce the state limit, a company in Buffalo has found a tongue-in-cheek way to help Cuomo out.
Daniel P. Bacon Jr., the owner of the printing business Custom 716, told NBC 4 New York that he wanted to bring some much-needed laughs to people by selling decals of Cuomo who can now watch over Thanksgiving dinner parties to ensure compliance.
“Not a lot of people are laughing right now. A lot of people have been impacted negatively because of this. So if I’m able to share a laugh from one home to another, that makes me happy,” Bacon said.
(Source: NBC 4 New York)
“Great for all gatherings, sure to get laughs, great for your business or your home!” the company described the $10 sticker on its website.
Earlier this month, Cuomo ordered that get-togethers at private homes in New York must be capped at a maximum of 10 people, immediately triggering a backlash. The Democrat has gone on to warn New Yorkers about the coming holiday and urged them to stay home “if you love someone.”
“It’s your family, it’s your home, it’s your table — these are all environments where you feel safe and that’s the beauty of Thanksgiving,” he said on a phone conference with reporters this week.
“Your safe zone, it’s not a safe zone. Your safe zone is dangerous this year,” he said. “This year, if you love someone, it is smarter and better to stay away. As hard as that is to say and hear, because if I had to predict, you’re going to see a significant spike post-Thanksgiving.”
Love is sometimes doing what’s hard.
The safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving this year is with your immediate household only. pic.twitter.com/nBEviXnZ8P
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) November 19, 2020
Cuomo. who will soon be receiving an Emmy Award for his “masterful” leadership skills during daily coronavirus press briefings, has been under fire for the order not only from residents, but from lawmakers and even law enforcement who have said they will not enforce the restrictions on private groups.
“I’ll be having more than 10 ppl at my house on Thanksgiving. My address is public record. Some family will come from (gasp!) New Jersey,” Republican City Councilman Joe Borelli reacted in a tweet after the order was announced.
I’ll be having more than 10 ppl at my house on Thanksgiving. My address is public record. Some family will come from (gasp!) New Jersey.
Kids will see their grandparents, cousins will play in the yard, sis in law will bring strawberry rhubarb pie, & a turkey will be overcooked.
— Joe Borelli (@JoeBorelliNYC) November 11, 2020
“When it comes down to individual families, we’re not going to enforce on family gatherings. We will on bigger gatherings,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a press conference.
Upstate New York sheriffs announced they would not be enforcing Cuomo’s order and questioned its legality.
“Frankly, I am not sure it could sustain a Constitutional challenge in Court for several reasons including your house is your castle,” Fulton County Sheriff Richard Giardino fired back in a rebuke posted on Facebook last week.
“We have limited resources and we have to set priorities, so obtaining a Search Warrant to enter your home to see how many Turkey or Tofu eaters are present is not a priority,” Giardino wrote.
“I can’t see how devoting our resources to counting cars in citizens’ driveways or investigating how much turkey and dressing they’ve purchased is for the public good,” Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo said in a press release.
“I don’t believe as a law enforcement officer you have a right to pick and choose what laws you will enforce,” Cuomo told reporters at a press conference this week. “That is frankly frightening to me as an individual, frightening to democracy, it’s arrogant and a violation of constitutional duty. “I didn’t say: I swear to uphold the laws that I agree with. I didn’t say that.”
As unpopular as Cuomo and his overreaching orders are, it seems the Custom 716 window decals are a success.
We’re having Governor Cuomo over for the holidays, although, due to social distancing, he will have to stay outside on the back deck and peer in the window. Also, he seems to have forgotten his mask.
(Governor Cuomo window stickers, $10.) pic.twitter.com/KZWa4Jh5UR
— Jane LeRoux (@JaneLeRouxxx) November 20, 2020
This is awesome and savage at the same time!! 🔥 😂 🔥 😂
— 🇺🇸Bumble Beard🇺🇸 (@BeardBumble) November 20, 2020
Now that is classic! Hope they make a truck load of money!
Capitalism at it’s finest!
— Robert Ilsley (@1986fxwg) November 20, 2020
— Thomas McHale Jr ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@jr_mchale) November 20, 2020
Will these be posted on the windows at nursing homes too?
— Poodlenoodle27🇺🇲🇵🇷 (@PoodleNoodle27) November 20, 2020
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