Thursday, February 18, 2021. New York City – Twelve New York state Assembly Democrats wrote a statement to support Queens assemblyman Ron Kim. Ron says Democrat Governor Andrew Cuomo threatened to “destroy” him over the nursing home death scandal in the state of New York.
On Thursday, February 18, 2021, during an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Ron Kim said Governor Andrew Cuomo had previously called him, while home with his family and threatening to end his career.
“For 10 minutes, he berated me, he yelled at me, he told me my career would be over. He’s been biting his tongue for months against me, and I had tonight — not tomorrow, tonight — to issue a new statement essentially asking me to lie. [Basically], I heard and I saw a crime, and he’s asking me [to say] that I did not see that crime. That’s a line that he crossed that cannot be undone, and that’s why I had no choice but to come out and speak up,” Kim said Thursday on “Morning Joe.”
“We are deeply disturbed by the Governor’s attacks on our colleague — a fellow Democrat — Assembly member Kim. As a co-equal branch of government, the Legislature is well within its rights to seek oversight of executive action. In fact, we have a duty to seek that oversight. It is our job to represent our constituents and seek answers to the tragedies that took place in nursing homes around the State. We have no interest in name calling — we aim to restore the proper balance of power between the Legislature and Executive,” the Assembly members wrote in the statement.
The statement was written by Assembly members Harvey Epstein, Tom Abinanti, Khaleel Anderson, Robert C. Carroll, Emily Gallagher, Jessica Gonzalez-Rojas, Andrew Hevesi, Anna Kelles, Zohran Mamdani, Marcela Mitaynes, Yuh-Line Niou and Phara Souffrant-Forrest.
On Wednesday, February 17, 2021, State Senator Alessandra Biaggi also wrote a statement in support of Ron Kim.
Part of the statement says, “Governor Cuomo’s statements today about Assemblymember Kim are part of a disturbing pattern of behavior from the Governor. Instead of accepting responsibility for mistakes, the Governor has chosen to deflect blame and evade accountability time and time again.”
New York City Mayor, Bill de Blasio, says he believes New York state Assembly Member Ron Kim.
“I believe Ron Kim. First of all, you can just see by what he’s saying, it’s– it’s from the heart. And it was a very painful experience for him. I believe him. And he did not deserve to be treated that way. And I admire him for coming forward and telling exactly what happened,” says Bill de Blasio.
Green Party of New York calls for impeachment of Governor Andrew Cuomo.
On Friday, February 12, 2021, the “Green Party of New York called for the impeachment of Gov. Andrew Cuomo after shocking revelations that his administration purposefully lied to the public for political purposes about the level of deaths in nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic. Party officials said this information coupled with the initial orders by the governor that forced nursing homes to admit over 9,000 recovering coronavirus patients and led to over 15,000 deaths in those facilities is enough to warrant an impeachment and trial of the governor.”
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