Assemblyman Ron Kim mentioned Wednesday he’s acquired overwhelming assist from his colleagues amid his conflict with Gov. Andrew Cuomo over the nursing dwelling dying toll from COVID-19.
Throughout an look on WNYC’s “The Brian Lehrer Present,” the Queens Democrat mentioned he “had a private dialog” with Meeting Speaker Carl Heastie (D-Bronx).
“He’s 150 p.c on my aspect,” Kim mentioned.
“I do know that he stands with me.”
Kim — who on Wednesday accused Cuomo of threatening him throughout a cellphone name final week — additionally mentioned he’s had “infinite colleagues issuing statements, calling me, letting me know the identical type of threats they’ve skilled.”
“We are a co-equal department of the federal government and we are able to’t be stored from doing our jobs,” he mentioned.
At one level, a caller to the present claimed conservative pursuits had been behind The Put up’s unique revelation that secretary to the governor Melissa DeRosa privately admitted that Cuomo’s administration hid the true variety of nursing dwelling deaths from legislators for worry that federal prosecutors would use it “against us.”
Kim famous that the story had been picked up by different main information shops and defended the integrity of a Put up reporter whom Cuomo singled out for criticism throughout a Wednesday information convention.
In the meantime, Kim — whose uncle died in a nursing dwelling in April after struggling signs of COVID-19 — accused Cuomo of giving nursing properties a “get out of jail free card” by a regulation that granted the services and hospitals near-blanket immunity from legal responsibility throughout the pandemic.
He argued that Cuomo, a fellow Democrat, is just too “pro-business” relating to the homeowners of nursing properties and hospitals, as a substitute of siding with residents, sufferers, staffers and their households.
He additionally linked Cuomo’s place to what he mentioned had been $1.25 million in political contributions to the governor and the state Democratic Get together and mentioned he’d employed a lawyer following the governor’s name to him final week.
In a ready assertion, Heastie mentioned, “I’ve all the time had an important working relationship with Ron since he joined me within the Meeting in 2013.”
“Since I’ve been Speaker I really feel it’s my focus and obligation to help and assist all members and the constituents they symbolize,” he added.
The assertion adopted one from Wednesday during which Heastie mentioned, “Now greater than ever everybody concerned must decrease the temperature and work collectively to maneuver this state ahead and get previous this pandemic. That must be our focus.”
Cuomo’s workplace didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark, however throughout his Wednesday information convention, the governor argued that the immunity granted to nursing properties and hospitals was included in a price range invoice that was accepted by each the state Senate and Meeting.