New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo dismissed the Supreme Court ruling blocking COVID restrictions on places of worship in the state as “irrelevant.”
“That Supreme Court ruling on the religious gatherings is more illustrative of the Supreme Court than anything else,” Cuomo said on a Thanksgiving morning briefing call. “It’s irrelevant from any practical impact.”
Gov. Cuomo said the ruling is irrelevant because the religious institutions that sued are no longer under restriction.
“The lawsuit was about the Brooklyn zone,” Cuomo said. “The Brooklyn zone no longer exists as a red zone. That’s mooted, so that restriction is not in effect. That’s why the whole case was moot. That’s what was irregular about the Supreme Court taking it up because this situation presented no longer exists, because we changed that zone designation last week or the week before. So that situation doesn’t exist because those restrictions are gone.”
Late Wednesday night the new Supreme Court, remade by Donald Trump sided with religious groups in a 5-4 vote, blocking restrictions imposed on religious gatherings in the state. Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the court’s three liberal justices while the court’s newest appointee, Amy Coney Barrett sided with her conservatives colleagues.
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Since the decision was “irrelevant” Gov. Cuomo said it was the new conservative majority trying to make an ideological point.
“You have a different court and I think that was the statement the court was making,” Gov. Cuomo said.