Former New York Mayor Bill de Blasio on possible Andrew Cuomo return: ‘He should get the hell out of the scene’

Former New York Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday condemned the idea that former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo could return to state politics, after multiple media outlets reported that Cuomo may be considering a return.

“He should get the hell out of the scene,” de Blasio told CBS News’ Robert Costa when asked about the idea of ​​Cuomo’s comeback.

“What he did to the women who work for him, what he did to residents of nursing homes, there was so much trouble,” the former mayor said. “There were so many things that resulted from his unchecked power and his arrogance.”

Cuomo resigned in August 2021 as the state legislature continued an impeachment inquiry and amid allegations of sexual harassment. He had been charged by the Attorney General with sexually harass 11 women, including staff members of his administration and people who did not work for his administration. Cuomo denied sexually harassing anyone.

“I think given the circumstances, the best way I can help now is to step aside and let the government get back to governing,” Cuomo said in a speech at the time.

He had spent more than a decade in office and was known nationwide for guiding New York City through the early days of the coronavirus pandemic. In 2020, and the following year, he did daily televised briefings on COVID-19, which many Americans followed closely.

But an audit released in March 2022 found his administration had underreported nursing home deaths by the thousands, and at times by as much as 50%, CBS New York reported. State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has accused people at the highest levels of government of misleading the public, according to CBS New York.

In the months following his resignation, Cuomo slowly reemerged on the New York political scene. CBS New York reported that on March 6, he spoke at a black church in Brooklyn, telling attendees, “They broke my heart, but they didn’t break my spirit. I want to take the energy that could embitter myself and use that energy to make us better.”

A poll by Emerson College and The Hill had Cuomo four points behind current Governor Kathy Hochul with likely Democratic primary voters in March, CBS New York reported.

On Thursday, de Blasio said if Cuomo were to stage a comeback, he would bring many of his issues back with him.

“I hope for the good of the Democratic Party, I hope for the good of the people of New York State, they just realize their time has come and gone,” the former mayor said.

De Blasio left office in January after serving two terms. Democrat Eric Adams, a former captain of the New York Police Department and borough president of Brooklyn, was elected to run the city.

Caroline Linton contributed reporting.

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