Mayor de Blasio blasted Gov. Andrew Cuomo as a bully whose threatening conduct is irregular and past the pale — even within the rough-and-tumble world of politics.
“I speak to Chuck Schumer on a regular basis, I speak to Nancy Pelosi,” de Blasio mentioned on NY 1 Monday night time.
“I’ve talked to US presidents. Nobody acts like this,” the mayor mentioned.
De Blasio unloaded on Cuomo as a 3rd lady accused the embattled governor of inappropriate conduct throughout an encounter at a marriage celebration.
Requested about his relationship with Cuomo, de Blasio mentioned, “I had skilled many alternative realities that confirmed not being first rate, I’d name the conventional means persons are presupposed to relate to every in authorities when you’ll be able to disagree. Folks may be robust to one another.
“The traditional actuality that we’ve seen right here, [is the]threatening of individuals, the try and undermine folks in ways in which don’t conform to how issues are usually achieved.”
The 2 highly effective New York Democratic pols have typically been at odds throughout the overlapping tenures as mayor and governor.
After a nasty dispute in 2015, de Blasio mentioned Cuomo engaged in “political machinations” and “some kind of revenge or vendetta” if folks disagreed with him.
De Blasio lit into Cuomo once more on accusations of on-the-job sexual harassment leveled towards the governor by former staffers Lindsey Boylan and Charlotte Bennett, in addition to his controversial nursing house insurance policies.
He mentioned the Cuomo scandals have created a “belief disaster” and a “disaster of confidence.”
“Two ladies have come ahead with very detailed accounts of sexual harassment. That is the type of factor that ought to by no means occur in right now’s society anyplace — however significantly with somebody entrusted with management and who is meant to search for the rights of ladies.
“To see that somebody could have actually used their energy over a younger lady, the very fact she was an worker, to attempt to insinuate she ought to have a sexual relationship with him. That’s how actually Charlotte Bennett heard it. And I don’t blame her given the small print we heard. That sounds precisely like what was being mentioned. That’s unacceptable conduct.”
“Come on! That’s simply not acceptable conduct in right now’s society.”
Earlier than the scandals rocked his governorship, Cuomo was planning to run for a fourth time period subsequent 12 months. However de Blasio mentioned Cuomo could not be capable of end his time period.
He mentioned Cuomo turns into “invalidated” if the harassment accusations are substantiated.
State Legal professional Common Letitia James is overseeing the Cuomo probe and can appoint an impartial investigator to deal with the case.
“I’m speaking in regards to the ramifications right here. You don’t have the belief of the folks anymore. In the event you can’t look folks within the eye, what do you do?,” the mayor mentioned.
The governor’s workplace had no quick touch upon de Blasio’s claims in regards to the governor’s threatening conduct.
Cuomo did launch a press release on Sunday making an attempt to clarify away the harassment allegations, characterizing his feedback as “jokes.”
“At work typically I believe I’m being playful and make jokes that I believe are humorous. I do, once in a while, tease folks in what I believe is an efficient natured means,” Cuomo mentioned.
“I now perceive that my interactions could have been insensitive or too private and that a few of my feedback, given my place, made others really feel in methods I by no means supposed,” he added. “I acknowledge a few of the issues I’ve mentioned have been misinterpreted as an undesirable flirtation. To the extent anybody felt that means, I’m actually sorry.”
Earlier Monday, de Blasio mentioned Cuomo’s remedy of the younger ladies was no laughing matter.
The mayor additionally referenced the Cuomo nursing house scandal being investigated by the Justice Division and federal prosecutors from the Brooklyn US Legal professional’s Workplace.
De Blasio referred to the Cuomo crew’s admission that it hid the true variety of nursing house residents killed by COVID-19 from lawmakers and the general public for months due to a federal inquiry — a canopy up first revealed in a Put up scoop.
“We don’t even know why. We don’t know the reality of why it was withheld info. Why they took the motion they took. Did it connect with their political wants, media wants, did it connect with their marketing campaign contributions?. We don’t know,” the mayor mentioned.
“However we all know these households are lacking their family members.”
“Why do know info was withheld. Why do we all know that? As a result of the governor’s high aide informed us,” he mentioned, referring to secretary to the governor Melissa DeRosa.
“This can be a belief disaster if I’ve ever seen one. A disaster of confidence.”
The governor and state Well being Division Commissioner Howard Zucker defended their preliminary March 25, 2020 directive that required nursing houses to confess or readmit recovering COVID-19 sufferers discharged from hospitals, a coverage that critics mentioned contributed to infections and deaths of different nursing house residents.