For many in the US, New York state governor Andrew Cuomo’s lunchtime coronavirus briefings have become part of daily life. As the situation in the state – now the epicentre of the US’s outbreak – has worsened, Cuomo’s stock has risen, writes New Statesman special correspondent Sophie McBain in a wide-ranging profile that chronicles Cuomo’s rise from “Trump whisperer” to coronavirus-era icon.
“Cuomo’s handling of the pandemic has not only underlined his fundamental competence, his honesty, acumen and calm authority thrown into sharper relief by Trump’s blustering ineffectualness. It has also revealed a softer side and a new relatability. Cuomo never inspired much public love or affection – until now,” she writes.