If you have been keeping track of the nursing home scandal in New York State, you are aware of Gov Andrew Cuomo calling up assemblyman Ron Kim and the threatening phone call he got from Cuomo.
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio says that story did not surprise him because that is par for the course for Cuomo. He has a tendency to go through the roof if someone says or writes something he doesn’t like.
de Blasio said:
“It’s a sad thing to say, Mika, but that’s classic Andrew Cuomo. A lot of people in New York state have received those phone calls.”
“The bullying is nothing new. 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 that have heard that.”
Former City & State editor-in-chief Morgan Pehme recounted an experience he had with Cuomo:
It was 4:30 a.m., so I pulled the bathroom door shut in my one-bedroom Brooklyn apartment to answer the phone without waking my then-5-year-old. On the line was Melissa DeRosa, Gov. Cuomo’s then-communications director, now his second-in-command. She was threatening to destroy me.
By now, thanks to Queens Assemblyman Ron Kim blowing the whistle on the threats he received in a call from Cuomo, the public has a glimpse of the bullying practiced by the governor and his top brass.
Many Americans are shocked, having bought into the compassionate persona Cuomo conveyed in his pandemic briefings. But Kim’s revelations came as no surprise to anyone who has dealt with the governor. As one Albany insider texted me last week, “everyone has an Andrew Cuomo story.”
Pehme said that he knows what it is like to have Cuomo threaten to destroy you. You may remember the name Melissa DeRosa. She is the one who, in a phone call to top Democrats, told them that the Cuomo administration intentionally fudged the number of nursing home deaths in order to keep the feds from finding out.
I’ll bet she got an earful from Cuomo for that.