A collection of rebukes between New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and State Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Queens) continued on Saturday, when Kim accused Cuomo of being abusive.
“The governor has abused his powers,” Kim mentioned to host Neil Cavuto on Fox News‘ Cavuto Live on Saturday. “He has a pattern of abusive behavior. He has abused me and my family by calling me and threatening my career in front of my kids, in front of my wife…We must hold him accountable…that’s what’s at stake right now.”
Cavuto requested Kim about his battle between him and Cuomo, which started after the revelation the governor reportedly concealed data on COVID-19 related deaths in nursing homes.
Kim was one of many state legislators on a February 10 Zoom assembly when Cuomo’s high aide, Melissa DeRosa, mentioned the governor’s workplace “froze” in response to a probe from former President Donald Trump‘s Department of Justice into nursing house deaths.
The assemblyman, who described himself to Cavuto as a “very progressive” Democrat, mentioned that despite the fact that he didn’t agree with Trump, when the DOJ asks for information “you have to provide it.”
On February 11, Kim informed The New York Post the DeRosa’s feedback have been “like they admitted that they were trying to dodge having any incriminating evidence that might put the administration or the [Health Department] in further trouble with the Department of Justice.”
Cuomo formally spoke on the matter for the primary time throughout a press convention on the state capitol on Monday, the Daily Gazette reported. He acknowledged “there was a delay” in offering the DOJ with the information as a result of his workplace was extraordinarily busying processing it.
Kim then led a letter with 9 different lawmakers that was revealed in The Post demanding to repeal the governor’s emergency executive powers and accusing Cuomo of “intentional obstruction of justice.” Cuomo has denied any obstruction of justice and has since accused Kim of engaging in illegal political practices.
“Now these there’s a web of lies and excuses why they couldn’t provide information but sooner or later, the truth will come out,” Kim mentioned to Cavuto. “That’s what’s happening now, and everything is unraveling. And [Cuomo is] shaken, and he’s trying to rope everyone in, including the Senate including the Assembly, as many elected officials as possible, instead of telling the truth to the 15,000 families who lost loved ones in the last 10 months.”
On February 17, Cuomo mentioned in one other press convention that he was stunned by Kim’s “negative” feedback to the Post as a result of he has appeared optimistic after the assembly with DeRosa. Cuomo mentioned he then referred to as Kim, who reportedly informed the governor that the Post reporter who revealed the story refused to alter his remark.
Cuomo mentioned he then “suggested” that Kim name the Post reporter again and supply a “correct” assertion. Kim reportedly agreed to do that, however the remark to the Post was by no means modified.
According to Kim’s assertion, an irate Cuomo referred to as him and proceeded to yell at him, asking: “Are you an honorable man?”
“[The phone call] left my wife in tears for two hours, it had left an indelible mark on my family,” Kim mentioned to Cavuto. “It was a direct threat if I did not issue a statement that he can use to cover up for his top aide. He, at one point…did say, ‘Who do you think you are?’ Well, I am the chair of the committee on aging in the New York State Assembly. It’s my job to protect older adults. I shouldn’t be threatened for doing my job and that is exactly what’s happening here.”
Kim added to Cavuto that he didn’t have any follow-up conversations with Cuomo after the cellphone name, and he bought a lawyer after Cuomo’s staff repeatedly tried to succeed in him.
In response, Rich Azzopardi, a spokesman for the governor, refuted Kim’s declare concerning the cellphone dialog between the 2 officers. “I know because I was one of three other people in the room when the phone call occurred…At no time did anyone threaten to ‘destroy’ anyone with their ‘wrath’ nor engage in a ‘coverup,'” Azzopardi mentioned, as reported by the Post.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio mentioned in an interview earlier this week he believed Kim’s account, and that these sorts of phone calls from Cuomo are not unheard of.
Kim mentioned to Cavuto he wouldn’t assist Cuomo if he have been to run for a fourth time period in 2022, and added that Cuomo’s workplace is “not interested” in fixing what went incorrect in nursing houses amidst the pandemic.
(*2*) Kim mentioned.
Kim’s remark referenced a transfer by Cuomo in May in response to a lobbying group for the nursing house business that granted corporate immunity to nursing homes. That adopted a March government order that mandated nursing houses to not flip away residents who may very well be optimistic for COVID-19.
Cavuto ask Kim for his impressions on latest calls for to impeach Cuomo. While he mentioned impeachment have to be a matter of debate, Kim mentioned his focus for the upcoming week stays on his function as chair of the legislature’s committee on ageing.
“Let’s not forget we still have older adults in these facilities who actually survived COVID, or are suffering with health care costs that they need help with,” Kim mentioned. “So that’s where we should be focused on, at least my role in this, in this space, to make sure we get the policies right and help those older adults.”
Newsweek has reached out to Cuomo and Kim’s workplaces for remark.