(ConservativePeak.com)- Democratic Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo dismissed the United States Supreme Court ruling against his draconian lockdown policies in the state on Thursday, describing the decision made by the highest court in the land as “irrelevant.”
His comments came after the Supreme Court voted 5-4 against New York rules that banned the Orthodox Jewish synagogues and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn from having gatherings of more than 25 people, despite their buildings being more than big enough to safely accommodate bigger crowds.
According to the New York Post, Cuomo completely dismissed the ruling and seemed to imply that he has more power.
“The Supreme Court made a ruling. It’s more illustrative of the Supreme Court than anything else,” he said. “It’s irrelevant of any practical impact because of the zone they were talking about is moot. It expired last week. It doesn’t have any practical effect.”
Cuomo described how the lawsuit referenced the Brooklyn zone that no longer exists.
“The Brooklyn zone no longer exists as a red zone,” he said. “That’s muted. So that restriction is no longer in effect. That situation just doesn’t exist because those restrictions are gone.”
What Cuomo didn’t mention, however, is that the ruling means he won’t be able to go on any more power trips. That means if the New York authorities try to tell religious institutions that they can only host a maximum of 25 people in their venues, even when they have enough space to safely hold many more, they won’t be able to.
Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett played a big role in the decision, arguably casting the deciding vote. Barrett sided with the conservative judges, while Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the leftist-leaning Justices Elena Kagan, Sonia Sotomayor, and Stephen Breyer.
In its decision, the court said that while it is in the public interest to help curb the spread of the Chinese coronavirus, the measures put in place by Governor Cuomo were more restrictive than seen in other cases throughout the state, particularly in areas hit worse by the virus. The ruling also explained how there was “no evidence the applicants have contributed to the spread of COVID-19.”
So while the ruling may be “irrelevant,” as Cuomo says, it means that it won’t happen again. Catholics and Jews in Brooklyn, and the rest of New York, won’t face harsh restrictions even if they have large venues that can safely accommodate crowds.