Albany, N.Y. — Gov. Andrew Cuomo said today he expects a major spike in coronavirus infections in New York after the Thanksgiving holiday brings families across the state together.

He urged New Yorkers to keep apart from others during the holiday.

“‘I’ll be safe.’ No, you won’t be safe,” he said during a press conference in Albany. “It’s an illusion.”

Despite the warnings, he said he expected some families to see each other next week. He noted that virus cases increased rapidly after Canadian Thanksgiving in October.

“It’s going to happen because it’s human behavior,” Cuomo said. “Be smart. I get it. I understand it. It’s wrong.”

Cuomo also said he was disturbed by reports of some county sheriffs in Upstate New York refusing to enforce the state’s new limit on gatherings in private homes. The state last week capped the maximum number of people at a party in a private home at 10.

Madison County Sheriff Todd Hood is among those who have said he won’t enforce that rule.

Law enforcement officers don’t have a right to pick and choose which laws they enforce, Cuomo said.

“That is frankly frightening to me,” he said. “Frightening to democracy. It’s arrogant and it violates your constitutional duty.”

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