Ex-Gov. Andrew Cuomo made his first public look Saturday since lately asserting his return to public life, displaying up within the Bronx to hitch a aid effort for Puerto Rico within the wake of Hurricane Fiona.
“I need to say to the folks of Puerto Rico that the folks of New York State are with you all the time, on good days and unhealthy days; we’ve your again as a result of we’re household,” crowed Cuomo, sounding like he was nonetheless in workplace.
“No matter Puerto Rico wants, New York goes to be right here that will help you.”
Cuomo, who resigned below hearth greater than a yr in the past amid a sexual harassment scandal, was joined by clergy leaders, neighborhood leaders, former Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and ex-Councilman Ruben Diaz Sr.
He spent about an hour alongside Southern Boulevard in Hunts Level serving to load a truck with meals and provides that can be despatched to the island usually referred to as New York Metropolis’s “sixth borough.”
Cuomo confirmed up in response to a tweet Diaz Sr. posted final week asking for assist with “humanitarian” efforts for Puerto Rico’s flood victims. The ex-governor on Saturday additionally donated $2,500 to assist the previous councilman to purchase a van to ship to Puerto Rico to help with the aid efforts.
Cuomo has remained allies with Diaz Sr. despite the fact that the ex-councilman and pastor has an extended historical past of irritating different fellow Democrats by making controversial remarks in regards to the homosexual neighborhood.
Cuomo didn’t straight deal with his personal future.
Nevertheless, when requested later if Cuomo is eying a return to public workplace, his spokesman Wealthy Azzopardi cryptically mentioned: “Who is aware of what the longer term holds? However the governor made his speedy plans identified to the general public final week.
“Immediately was all about Puerto Rico and serving to our fellow People.”
Azzopardi was referring to an eight-minute video the three-term Democratic governor launched Wednesday.
In it, Cuomo mentioned he plans to begin a political motion committee “to elect the correct folks to politics” — with out naming names. He additionally mentioned he plans to begin a gun-control group and his personal weekly podcast.
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