“Thank You For Not Forgetting Latinos”: Cuomo Praised By Allies At Another Press Conference Excluding Reporters


Within the wake of one more allegation that Governor Andrew Cuomo misused his energy, the embattled governor headed to the Bronx on Friday afternoon, surrounding himself by allies — this time from the Latino neighborhood — at one more press convention that allowed dozens of supporters however excluded reporters.

Cuomo delivered a 20-minute lengthy soliloquy evoking 9/11 and Hurricane Maria, whereas conjuring up metaphors of spring.

“What do you do when life knocks you in your rear finish? Do you sit there and say, ‘Woe is me,’ or do you say, ‘I’m getting up?’” he requested. “New York says we’re gonna rise up and we’re gonna rise up higher and stronger than ever earlier than.”

On the presser he introduced the revealing of a memorial for Hurricane Maria in Battery Park, in addition to a brand new pop-up vaccine clinic on the New Settlement Neighborhood Middle within the West Bronx.

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., in addition to others who’ve held the place, had been in attendance, whereas Assemblymember Martiza Davila and former Bronx Assemblymember and SUNY appointee Marcos Crespo beamed in by way of video message.

“I’m glad to be with Governor Cuomo,” stated Fernando Ferrer, the previous Bronx Borough President, who’d been appointed by Cuomo as an interim chair to the MTA a number of instances. “I’m proud he’s my governor.”

“Mr. Governor, thanks as soon as once more for not forgetting the Bronx,” stated present borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. “Thanks for not forgetting Latinos.”

Final week Cuomo had created an identical spectacle, surrounding himself by Black leaders at a Harlem church within the wake of sexual harassment allegations.

Public Advocate Jumaane Williams speaks during a demonstration decrying New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's handling of nursing homes.


Public Advocate Jumaane Williams speaks throughout an indication decrying Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s dealing with of nursing houses. March 2021.

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Friday’s presser adopted again to again rallies, the place Black elected officers and activists and sexual harassment and assault survivors took goal at Cuomo’s efforts in current weeks to maneuver previous the cloud allegations and investigations looming over his administration.

This week a brand new scandal emerged with media studies that Cuomo had given precedence entry to COVID-19 checks to his family and friends early on within the pandemic, when it was close to unattainable for members of most people to safe them.

Cuomo is dealing with a federal probe, a state legal professional normal investigation and an impeachment inquiry into three most important areas of conduct; allegations of sexual harassment from at the very least 5 present and former staffers; efforts of his employees to withhold knowledge on nursing dwelling deaths; in addition to studies of a coverup of structural points on the Mario M. Cuomo Bridge.

Learn extra: A Timeline Of Cuomo’s Colliding Scandals

“Simply going to a Black church once you’re in bother doesn’t make you a buddy,” stated Public Advocate Jumaane Williams at a rally outdoors Cuomo’s Midtown places of work Friday morning, referring to the governor’s earlier go to to Neboh Baptiste Church.

“There are two Black leaders, Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Carl Heastie, attempting to place forth a funds and so they attempt to do that time and time once more,” he stated. “And the governor is the one who blocks them.”

State lawmakers and Cuomo are at an deadlock in funds negotiations, the deadline for which is in lower than every week. The state legislature desires to lift a further $7 billion in new taxes on rich New Yorkers who earn greater than $5 million yearly with a view to fund a $2.1 billion reduction fund for undocumented employees who’ve been excluded from state and federal assist, freeze tuition hikes at public universities, and put aside more cash for lease reduction. Cuomo’s resisted these efforts, saying he’d recognized a further $5 billion {dollars} that might stave off the necessity to levy funds.

Shortly after rally outdoors Cuomo’s places of work, the Sexual Harrassment Working Group held a Zoom presser, drumming up legislative assist for the Grownup Survivors Act, which might open a lookback window for intercourse abuse survivors to sue, very similar to the Little one Victims Act did in 2019, in addition to a bundle of payments that might prolong the sexual harrassment statute of limitations for survivors, ban “no-rehire” clauses in settlement agreements, and shut a loophole that excludes legislative and judicial employees from sure sexual harrassment protections.

“He desires to middle himself because the sufferer,” stated sexual assault survivor and activist Alison Turkos. She referenced Cuomo’s suggestion earlier this month that he was being caught up in cancel tradition. “No sir, you aren’t. You’re being held accountable for the actions you probably did and your employees was complicit too.”