I know I'm not alone here. As a New Yorker by decades, now in Colorado, I was part of the hero worship of Andrew Cuomo, early Covid antithesis of Trump.
What you say is crucial; all I add is that some of us need to digest the fall of the hero.
Frank Bruni recently wrote in the Times about Cuomo, citing our cultural tendencies to deify and to demean.
We also need to look at our ease of being seduced, and here I'm not blaming the victims but suggesting that the rest of us--the audience--need to work on our tendency to idealize way too quickly. Ultimately this demeans our own capacities to think critically.
But, do you have to call him old?