Gov. Andrew Cuomo has done an exemplary job of leading New York's response to COVID-19, writes Rob Asghar of Forbes. He has focused on delivering results, making his people safer, and embodying leadership that people can get behind. From the beginning, Cuomo has sought to speak all truths, painful or otherwise, with clarity, which is key during a pandemic. He has also put ideology aside and focused on what scientists say is the best solution. Cuomo is getting the people of New York to work together and show solidarity with one another. This decisive leadership during such a crucial moment is helping the state handle this terrible pandemic.
While the media praises him for his leadership, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is enacting incredibly harmful policies during the COVID-19 crisis, asserts Akash Mehta of Jacobin Magazine. His government's latest budget cut billions from healthcare and kept tens of thousands in jail, which are hotbeds for infection. Cuomo is the first New York governor in almost 100 years that didn't raise taxes on the rich during a crisis. He did this even though higher taxes on the rich are favored by even 87% of New York's Republicans. Cuomo also ignored calls to improve public housing and protect tenants that can't pay rent. The media is sadly ignoring Cuomo's flawed decisions.