This award, we assume, given who it’s named after, is an award for killing people and getting away with it. Reality check: That Ted Kennedy is trotted out like some hero each year is repulsive. He left a woman to die. Which makes Cuomo’s receiving the award for his part in massive nursing home deaths apropos.
Cuomo will receive the Edward M. Kennedy Institute Award for Inspired Leadership, in part, for taking dramatic steps to slow the spread of COVID-19 when the pandemic first struck, including urging people to wear masks, stay home and respect social distancing rules.
The governor, who was married to Ted Kennedy’s niece, Kerry, also won praise for implementing a $15 minimum wage, the strongest paid family leave program in the nation and strict gun-safety laws during his three terms in Albany.