New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is threatening to sue Rhode Island over its policy of stopping cars with New York license plates and sending National Guard troops door to door in coastal communities looking for New Yorkers.
Gov. Gina Raimondo announced the policies this week, saying they were meant to ensure people from New York state self-quarantine for 14 days after their arrival in Rhode Island.
New York has by far the highest number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the country.
Cuomo called the order “reactionary” and unconstitutional, saying he’d sue Rhode Island if the policy isn’t rescinded but believed they could “work it out.”
“I understand the goal … but there’s a point of absurdity, and I think what Rhode Island did is at that point of absurdity,” said Cuomo, a Democrat. “We have to keep the ideas and the policies we implement positive rather than reactionary and emotional.”
– With Associated Press reports
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