Governor, you’re being sued: Legal actions target Cuomo’s pandemic orders

Governor, you're being sued: Legal actions target Cuomo's pandemic orders

ALBANY – Interstate travel. Overnight religious camps. Indoor weddings. They have all been subjects of lawsuits filed against Gov. Andrew Cuomo this year in the Northern District of U.S. District Court, which covers 32 counties and all of the Capital Region. Every case is linked to the governor’s actions responding to the spread of COVID-19. In a recent posting on its website, the Northern District of New York Federal Court Bar Association said since early June, five district judges have issued decisions in seven cases that arose from challenges to Cuomo’s executive orders — including legal battles waged by businesses in outdoor auto racing and gun retail. The litigation underscores the range of the impact of the novel coronavirus on society and business and people who are just clearly not happy with the governor’s restrictions against COVID-19, which has now taken more than 250,000 lives in the United States. Depending on which judge hears the suit, the court could more — or less –be willing to grant plaintiffs’ arguments. Cynthia Page, a woman from Arizona, filed a lawsuit against the state because she was livid she would have to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in New York under the governor’s June 25 executive order. It required the quarantine for visitors from states that had a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents. "The state of New York is not an independent country," Page’s lawsuit stated. "The governor of New York does not have dictatorial powers that […]

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