New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo is being sued to re-open New York State.
Peter Frank, lead singer of Zac Brown Tribute Band, ZBTB, has filed a suit in New York State Supreme Court. Frank is seeking an “injunction and declaratory relief, challenging as unlawful and unconstitutional emergency measures”.
The suit claims the entertainment industry, many local bands and musicians have lost six figure revenues. As a result, they have been unable to employ entertainment workers such as bartenders, stage hands, and many others, who depend on the entertainment industry to pay their bills and survive.
The plaintiff alleges that Cuomo has violated the rights of assembly and free speech guaranteed under the first amendment of the Constitution and that people understand the risk, and it is their right to be able to choose how to act accordingly.
The suit goes on to allege that people of New York were told that they were shutting down to “flatten the curve” to avoid overwhelming hospitals, which, according to data, has been done.
The plaintiff is seeking to have a judge block Cuomo from being able to restrict public access to performance halls and athletic events as well as to prevent him from being able to limit the number of people who can patronize a business. Additionally it’s seeking to block his power to set forth further similar actions.
The lawsuit is being handled by attorney Carl Schwartz, of Finger Lakes Law Group.