Andrew Cuomo Channels His Late Father's Advise to Help Him During Difficult Time in Governing New York
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has admitted that he has looked to his father while dealing with her coronavirus pandemic.
At one point, New York had the worst infection rate in America, and Governor Andrew Cuomo has described the first 100 days of the COVID-19 pandemic as hell.
The first confirmed case in NY appears on March 1st, and by April 1st, more than 2,000 New Yorkers had died as the virus ravaged through the tri-state area.
The governor had been in charge of containing the virus and called the government's early coronavirus tracking a terrible blunder. He also faced some criticism for waiting too long to implement restrictions.
Cuomo also admitted that when he couldn't sleep, he would think of his father and what he would do in his place. Speaking to Goodmorning America, he said,
"I could hear his voice, you know? And I knew what he'd say...and that gave me a lot of comfort, a lot of guidance...My father's spirit lives in me. I know what he would say. I know his advice."
Andrew Cuomo, Mario Cuomo and Matilda Cuomo raise their hands in celebration during the Democratic Victory Celebration 2006| Photo: Getty Images
He added that he felt that his father would tell him to take responsibility and hold himself accountable. And as death and infection rates continue to decrease, things are finally starting to look better for the state.
However, when asked when New York schools would reopen, Cuomo replied that he did not know, saying that no one knew what September would look like.
Chris Cuomo paid tribute to his father on air.
It seems that politics is a family tradition as his father, Mario Cuomo, was the former New York Governor. The family announced that he had passed away on new years day, 2015.
CNN Anchor Chris Cuomo paid tribute to his father on air, saying that, what was important about his father had passed on. He said,
"Pop's body is gone; I know because I counted out his pulse until his heart fell silent. So now his baggy brown eyes, solid grip of soft, thick fingers, oaken body— they’re all gone…but what was most important about my father, and to him, has passed on."
During the pandemic, Cuomo has been mainly quarantining and social distancing when he had to be out in public. However, he has admitted that he has missed his family, especially his mother.
The governor joked during an interview that he while he missed hugging his mother Matilda, she probably did not miss it as much as he did.
While one brother has been trying to control the coronavirus pandemic, the governor's brother has been covering the virus on CNN. The two even appear together on the news show.
While the main topic was primarily the virus, the pair went viral when they had a brotherly argument about who was their mother's favorite.