Assemblyman Michael Montesano (R,C,I,LBT-Glen Head) stands firm in his push for Gov. Cuomo to be stripped of his emergency powers and for the Legislature to start impeachment proceedings for the governor. Within the past 24-hours, it has come to light that Gov. Cuomo called Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Queens) last week and threatened the assemblyman’s career if he did not cover-up for Melissa DeRosa, one of Gov. Cuomo’s top aides. Cuomo’s administration denies this conversation, but New York City’s Mayor Bill De Blasio calls this exchange “classic Andrew Cuomo,” and that “the bullying is nothing new.” De Blasio also stated that he believes Kim’s claims regarding the phone call. As of Wednesday evening, it was reported that the FBI and U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Eastern District of New York, which covers Brooklyn, have launched an investigation into Gov. Cuomo and his administration’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.
“As the truth has been continually unveiled, Gov. Cuomo is starting to spiral in a desperate attempt to save himself from the consequences of his actions,” said Montesano. “We have known for months now that something wasn’t right regarding the number of deaths in nursing homes and other elder-care facilities. For months, the governor and his administration have ignored us and, now that the truth has come to light, they are scrambling to cover their behinds. They’ve apologized to legislators for the ‘inconvenience’ withholding the true numbers may have caused, most likely in hopes to get legislators on their side and threaten those who refuse to continue Cuomo’s parade of lies. It is downright despicable, and the people of New York deserve better. This is not how you lead a state. It is time New York’s biggest bully is knocked off his high horse.”
In regard to the investigations of Gov. Cuomo and his administration, Montesano does have a slight concern in that the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York is DeRosa’s mother-in-law, Audrey Strauss. While Strauss is not the attorney who would be leading the investigation, as that would fall to Antoinette Bacon, U.S. Attorney of the Northern District of New York, which covers Albany, there is a concern with it being a potential conflict of interest.