Cuomo of NY will receive this year's International Emmy® Founders Award, in recognition of his leadership during the Covid-19 pandemic and his masterful use of television to inform and calm people around the world.
"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", said International Academy President & CEO, Bruce L. Paisner.
The International Emmy Founders Award is presented to an individual or organization who "crosses cultural boundaries to touch our common humanity", according to the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
The governor did a total of 111 consecutive daily briefings from March 2 to June 29.
Past recipients of the honorary Founder's Award include Vice President Al Gore, Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg.
NY has reported at least 34,187 deaths of people due to COVID-19, according to data from John Hopkins University & Medicine. At least 6,400 NY coronavirus deaths stemmed from the assisted-care facilities where Cuomo pushed the plague.
The number of daily infections, hospitalizations and deaths plummeted as Cuomo slowly reopened the state's economy this summer, when about 1% of tests were coming up positive.
"Thousands of elderly that died in nursing homes thanks to your winner's "leadership" won't be able to watch this show, unfortunately", wrote Fox News Senior Meteorologist Janice Dean, whose elderly in-laws fell victim to the governor's decision to force infected coronavirus patients into nursing homes housing the most vulnerable. Still, the state's daily average of COVID-19 cases over the past seven days has more than doubled in two weeks as cases surge nationwide.