New York Metropolis mayoral hopeful Andrew Yang on Thursday stated he would mesh properly with Albany if elected — as a result of he’s buddies with the governor’s youthful brother, CNN host Chris Cuomo.
Yang touted his friendship with the under-fire anchor in the course of the Democratic main debate on CBS 2 New York, when the candidates had been requested how they’d get together with Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
“I’ve had numerous calls with Gov. Cuomo,” Yang responded. “I labored together with his brother at CNN.”
The Cuomo brothers have not too long ago come beneath hearth after it was revealed that Chris suggested his older brother on how to reply to the sexual harassment allegations he faces.
CNN acknowledged that the highest anchor had joined a sequence of technique classes to assist the governor, saying his involvement was “a mistake” and wouldn’t occur once more.
The “Cuomo Prime Time” host additionally admitted that advising his brother was a mistake and apologized for placing his colleagues “in a nasty spot.”
Yang, a tech entrepreneur and failed 2020 presidential candidate, confused that the connection with the governor was vital, and vowed to keep away from “scoring low-cost political factors,” if he turns into mayor.
However Comptroller Scott Stringer jumped on Yang’s reply, telling him “your strategy is naive. This isn’t how Albany works.”
“The forces across the state are not looking for us to get the funding that we deserve. It’s not sufficient to say had been all going to be mates, kumbaya,” Stringer snipped.
He added: “Albany will go after you. Albany will collapse you.”
Stringer additionally took a success at Mayor Invoice de Blasio, accusing him of “mishandling” the connection with Cuomo, who has been accused of fostering a tradition of bullying and intimidation in his administration.
“Mayor de Blasio performed checkers with Andrew Cuomo when he ought to have been taking part in chess,” Stringer stated. “No one in Albany, once I’m mayor, goes to steal my lunch cash.”
Yang retorted: “The state wants town, town wants the state, the 2 go hand in hand.”
“It’s simpler to work with somebody who isn’t attempting to attain political factors, who simply needs to get the job achieved,” he continued. “That’s the form of management that town has been ready for for fairly a while.”