"He deserves an Academy Award for directing and creating a horror show in nursing homes", he said.
Andrew Cuomo will receive an Emmy award for using his daily televised briefings to keep the public informed throughout the coronavirus pandemic. "People around the world tuned in to find out what was going on, and New York Tough became a symbol of the determination to fight back", said International Academy President & CEO, Bruce L. Paisner in a statement.
The governor's mandates led to both praise and condemnation, with Cuomo coming under the most intense criticism for a state health department advisory issued in March that required nursing homes to accept residents regardless of whether they had a confirmed or suspected diagnosis of COVID-19.
The Arbeeny brothers' father passed away while undergoing rehab in a NY nursing home.
During the height of the pandemic in New York, Cuomo took to television screens with Powerpoint-driven slideshows with daily updates on the state's progress with containing the virus and the efforts his administration was making to also work on bringing numbers down.
The politician hit peak popularity in late April when fans of his passionate handling of the pandemic branded themselves "Cuomosexuals". It is presented at numerous annual events held throughout the calendar year, each honoring one of the various sectors of the television industry.
The Emmys presents its Founder's Award to people who "cross cultural boundaries to touch our common humanity".
Cuomo is the second member of the family to earn an Emmy; CNN-hosting brother Chris has a News Emmy in his trophy case.
"This is shameful", "The View" co-host Meghan McCain tweeted.