Gov. Andrew Cuomo next week will receive an International Emmy Founders Award for his televised briefings conducted during the coronavirus pandemic, the Television Academy on Friday announced.
Cuomo is being recognized for his briefings that "effectively created television shows with characters, stories, plot lines and stories of success and failure," said Academy President Bruce Paisner.
"People around the world tune in to find out what was going on, and New York tough became a symbol of the determination to fight back," Paisner added.
Previous recipients of the award include former Vice President Al Gore, director Steven Speilberg and Oprah Winfrey.
The briefings Cuomo held, with a signature slideshow presentation, became a staple for homebound people during the pandemic, giving Cuomo a national platform at the start of the pandemic in March.
The Television Academy said Cuomo's award will be presented to him on Monday.
Cuomo in a conference call on Friday said he is accepting the award on behalf of New Yorkers.
"It's flattering for the people of this state," he said.
Less impressed was New York Republican Committee Chairman Nick Langworthy.
"This is proof positive that Hollywood lives in its own alternative reality," he said. "It's offensive to so many families that lost loved ones in New York."