New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo set to receive Emmy award for daily televised press briefings during coronavirus pandemic, International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced Friday

According to a statement on the Academy’s website, Cuomo will receive the International Emmy Founders Award for his “leadership” during the pandemic and “his masterful use of television to inform and calm people around the world”

“The governor’s 111 daily briefings have worked so well because he actually created TV shows, with characters, storylines, and success and failure stories,” the president said and International Academy CEO Bruce Paisner in a statement

“People around the world tuned in to find out what was going on, and New York City became a symbol of the determination to fight back,” he added

According to the Academy’s website, the award is given to a person or organization that “crosses cultural boundaries to touch our common humanity”

It has already been presented to other high profile personalities including former Vice President Al Gore, talk show host Oprah Winfrey and director Steven Spielberg

Cuomo said on Friday he found Emmy recognition “flattering” and would accept it on behalf of New Yorkers, a local reporter tweeted Friday

Earlier this year, when New York City became the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic, Cuomo’s daily televised news briefs, which were calm and honest, were watched by people of the world whole

Some Democrats have even referred to him as a possible replacement for Joe Biden, The New York Post reported in April.

As a result, the governor saw his popularity rise, with his approval rating reaching 77% in May – a record in nearly 10 years as governor, according to the Guardian

However, over the months, the governor saw a decline in popularity and came under criticism for his management of state nursing homes.

Representative Lauren Boebert, an elected congressman from Colorado’s 3rd District, tweeted Friday: “Giving Andrew Cuomo an Emmy is equivalent to giving Hannibal Lecter the Nobel Peace Prize”

Max Berger, Democratic consultant and organizer, wrote on Twitter: “This award makes sense because Cuomo is not actually a competent, empathetic governor – he only plays one on TV”

New York State has recorded more than 580,000 coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic, according to a Johns Hopkins University tracker. More than 34,000 state residents have died so far

While the state is currently recording fewer hospitalizations than at its worst time of the pandemic, cases are still on the rise

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