Cuomo Vowed to ‘Destroy’ Fellow Democrat

For months, Assem­bly­man Ron Kim has been one of the few Demo­c­ra­t­ic law­mak­ers will­ing to crit­i­cize Gov. Andrew M. Cuo­mo for his han­dling of the state’s nurs­ing homes dur­ing the pan­dem­ic, press­ing for inves­ti­ga­tions into the matter.

So when a top aide to Mr. Cuo­mo recent­ly admit­ted that his admin­is­tra­tion had with­held nurs­ing home data from state law­mak­ers, Mr. Kim, whose Queens dis­trict was hit hard by the coro­n­avirus, said it appeared the gov­er­nor was “try­ing to dodge hav­ing any incrim­i­nat­ing evidence.”

Hours after Mr. Kim made that com­ment to The New York Post last Thurs­day, he said he got an irate late-night call from the gov­er­nor. Mr. Cuo­mo began with a ques­tion — “Are you an hon­or­able man?” — and then pro­ceed­ed to yell for 10 min­utes, Mr. Kim recalled, threat­en­ing to pub­licly tar­nish the assem­bly­man if he did not issue a new state­ment clar­i­fy­ing his remarks.

Mr. Cuo­mo made good on his threat on Wednes­day afternoon.

In a remark­able retort, the gov­er­nor used his press brief­ing to lob alle­ga­tions of impro­pri­ety at the assem­bly­man, say­ing that he and his admin­is­tra­tion have had a “long and hos­tile rela­tion­ship” with Mr. Kim, now in his fifth term…


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