According to Emmy’s officials, the governor is being awarded “in recognition of his leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic, and his masterful use of television to inform and calm people around the world.”
“It’s flattering,” Gov. Cuomo said during a Friday afternoon conference call with media. “I accept it on behalf of the people of this state. It’s for the people of the state. What New Yorkers did was really amazing.”
The governor said he’d be bringing the Emmy to his next briefing as a symbolic gesture that the award was earned collectively, by the state government, journalists, and New Yorkers.
“The governor’s 111 daily briefings worked so well because he effectively created television shows, with characters, plot lines, and stories of success and failure,” said International Academy President & CEO, Bruce L. Paisner. “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.”
The Founder’s Award is presented to an individual or organization who “crosses cultural boundaries to touch our common humanity.”
Prior recipients include Vice President Al Gore, Oprah Winfrey, and Steven Spielberg.