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Despite a social media rumor, none of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's daughters, pictured here with their mother in 2019, are getting married soon. From left, Mariah Kennedy Cuomo, Kerry Kennedy, Cara Cuomo and Michaela Cuomo. (AP) Despite a social media rumor, none of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's daughters, pictured here with their mother in 2019, are getting married soon. From left, Mariah Kennedy Cuomo, Kerry Kennedy, Cara Cuomo and Michaela Cuomo. (AP)

Despite a social media rumor, none of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's daughters, pictured here with their mother in 2019, are getting married soon. From left, Mariah Kennedy Cuomo, Kerry Kennedy, Cara Cuomo and Michaela Cuomo. (AP)

Madison Czopek
By Madison Czopek June 17, 2021

No, New York didn’t lift COVID-19 restrictions because of a Cuomo wedding

If Your Time is short

• On June 15, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that state-mandated COVID restrictions would be lifted because 70% of adult New Yorkers have received a COVID-19 vaccine.

• Cuomo’s daughters aren’t “getting married any time soon,” according to a spokesperson.

• Claims about a Cuomo wedding seem to have started because of a Buffalo News article from 1993.

On Tuesday, June 15, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that state-mandated COVID-19 restrictions would be lifted immediately because New York had reached an important milestone: 70% of adults have received at least the first dose of a vaccine.

But it didn’t take long for some social media users to start speculating that the governor had a more personal rationale for lifting the restrictions. 

"Cuomo opens New York 72 hours before his daughter's wedding SUCKERS," reads one Facebook post shared hours after Cuomo’s announcement.

The post was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Facebook.)

Is there any truth to the claim? No. Cuomo’s daughters aren’t getting married this weekend, and restrictions were lifted only because New York met its vaccination goal.

None of Cuomo’s three daughters are getting married any time soon "as far as we know," said Rich Azzopardi, director of communications and senior advisor to Cuomo.

He explained that 70% of adults being vaccinated was a "benchmark for opening," and said the administration was "excited to reach that mark on Tuesday."

When making the announcement, Cuomo cited the Biden administration’s goal of giving 70% of adults nationwide at least the first dose of a vaccine by July 4. 

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"It is the national goal and we hit it ahead of schedule," Cuomo said. "What does 70% mean? It means that we can now return to life as we know it. [...] The state mandates that have proven right and correct and brought us through the pandemic are relaxed as of today, effective immediately."

Claims about a Cuomo wedding have been circulating on social media for weeks. Azzopardi, and journalists working to debunk the claims pointed out that they were based on a decades-old article.

"The source of all this is a Buffalo News clip," Azzopardi said, noting that the story was from 1993.

The article, dated May 15, 1993, is titled, "Cuomo daughter to wed judge’s son on June 12." The story refers to Madeline Cuomo — Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s sister. At the time, Mario Cuomo, Andrew Cuomo’s father, was the governor of New York.

In other words, Azzopardi said, the article that prompted the social media posts was about "the wrong Governor Cuomo."

Our ruling

A Facebook user claimed, "Cuomo opens New York 72 hours before his daughter's wedding."

None of Cuomo’s daughters are getting married this weekend or plan to in the near future. Cuomo announced that state-mandated COVID-19 restrictions would be lifted on June 15 because 70% of adult New Yorkers have received a vaccine.

We rate this claim False.

Our Sources

Facebook post, June 15, 2021

Interview with Rich Azzopardi, director of communications and senior advisor to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, June 17

Hudson Valley Post, "Fact Check: Is Cuomo’s Daughter Getting Married in New York?" June 17, 2021

Twitter, Andrew Cuomo’s tweet, June 15

The Buffalo News, "Cuomo daughter to wed judge’s son on June 12," May 15, 1993

The Daily Gazette, "Planning to protest a Cuomo wedding? You’re 28 years too late," June 11, 2021

Governor.ny.gov, "Governor Cuomo Announces COVID-19 Restrictions Lifted as 70% of Adult New Yorkers Have Received First Dose of COVID-19 Vaccine," June 15, 2021

YouTube, "Governor Cuomo Makes an Announcement Regarding Reopening," June 15, 2021

NPR, "Biden Sets New Goal: At Least 70% Of Adults Given 1 Vaccine Dose By July 4," May 4, 2021

Twitter, Morgan Mckay’s tweet, June 7, 2021 

Reuters, "Former New York Governor Mario Cuomo dead at 82," Jan. 1, 2015

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