UPDATED 12:35 PM PT – Thursday, February 18, 2021
Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) is feeling the pressure from his reported nursing home deaths cover-up. During an interview on Thursday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called the governor’s recent bullying “classic Andrew Cuomo.”
.@NYCMayor de Blasio reacts to our interview with NY Assemblyman @RonTKim, who says he was threatened by @NYGovCuomo: “That’s classic Andrew Cuomo…The bullying is nothing new.” https://t.co/nflM2tLyq8 pic.twitter.com/O7HVYyz7vt
— Morning Joe (@Morning_Joe) February 18, 2021
De Blasio responded to New York Assemblyman Ron Kim’s claims that Cuomo berated him over the phone for ten minutes. Kim said the governor pressured him to change his public statement about his top aide and the state’s handling of nursing home deaths.
“I believe Ron Kim and it’s very, very sad. No public servant, no person who is telling the truth should be treated that way,” De Blasio noted. “The threats, the belittling, the demand that someone change their statement right that moment. Many, many times I’ve heard that and I know a lot of other people in the state have heard that.”
This came after Cuomo’s senior aide Melissa DeRosa reportedly told lawmakers the administration froze the release of information on nursing home deaths out of fear of a federal probe.