“That’s traditional Andrew Cuomo,” mentioned Mr. de Blasio on Thursday. “Lots of people in New York State have obtained these cellphone calls.”
Mr. Cuomo’s picture was burnished by a collection of nationally televised information conferences in the course of the early days of the pandemic, wherein the governor combined just-the-facts shows with dad jokes and appearances by his three daughters, his mom and his brother, Chris Cuomo, the CNN anchor. Final fall, whilst a second wave of the virus started to swell in New York and nationally, he printed a memoir, providing “management classes” and a sentimental dedication.
“Love wins,” he wrote in its conclusion. “At all times.”
However within the wake of the scandal over nursing houses, that persona has turned darker: On Saturday, Mr. Cuomo’s mood was mocked in a segment on “Saturday Night Live” wherein his character, performed by comic Pete Davidson, sheepishly admitted to hiding the place the deaths of nursing residence residents occurred and promised vengeance on Mr. de Blasio, a frequent political foe.
Different accusations have been extra critical: In December, a former prime aide to Mr. Cuomo’s financial growth company, Lindsey Boylan, accused Mr. Cuomo of fostering a “toxic team environment.”
On Sunday, Ms. Boylan was amongst a rising refrain of individuals talking out about Mr. Cuomo, telling The Instances he’s vulnerable to “screaming at folks inside and outdoors of the state authorities when he doesn’t get precisely what he needs.”
Mr. Cuomo’s penchant for tough-talk techniques dates again a long time, to his apprenticeship as an adviser to his father, former Gov. Mario M. Cuomo, whom he was identified to fiercely defend. “I believe he realized it from his father, who wanted naked knuckles to fight the previous machine pols,” mentioned Michael Shnayerson, writer of “The Contender,” a 2015 biography of the youthful Mr. Cuomo.
State Senator Liz Krueger, a Democrat from Higher Manhattan who holds sway within the Legislature because the chairwoman of the chamber’s finance committee, mentioned she had by no means been yelled at by the governor or his workers — for a purpose.