Hopeful New York City Mayor Andrew Yang said Thursday he would bond well with Albany if elected – because he is friends with the governor’s younger brother, CNN presenter Chris Cuomo / p> Yang announced his friendship with the under-attack anchor during the Democratic primary debate on CBS 2 New York when candidates were asked how they would get on with Governor Andrew Cuomo.
« I had a number of calls with Governor Cuomo, « replied Yang. « I worked with his brother at CNN. »
The Cuomo brothers recently came under fire after it was revealed that Chris had advised his older brother on how to respond to allegations of sexual harassment. </ CNN acknowledged that the top anchor had attended a number of strategy meetings to help the governor, saying its involvement was "a mistake" and would not happen again.
The moderator of « Cuomo Prime Time « also admitted advising his brother was a mistake and apologized for putting his colleagues in » a bad spot « .
Yang, a tech entrepreneur and failed 2020 presidential candidate , stressed the importance of the relationship with the governor and vowed to “collect cheap political points” if he becomes mayor.
But Auditor Scott Stringer jumped at Yang’s response and told him, “Your approach is naive. That’s not how Albany works. ”
“ The forces across the state don’t want us to get the funding we deserve. It’s not enough to say that everyone would become friends, Kumbaya, « Stringer snapped.
Stringer also suffered a blow against Mayor Bill de Blasio, accusing him of » abusing « his relationship with Cuomo, who was accused of promote a culture of bullying and intimidation in his government.
« Mayor de Blasio was playing checkers with Andrew Cuomo when he should have been playing chess, » said Stringer. « Nobody in Albany, if I’m mayor, will steal my meal money. »
Yang replied: « The state needs the city, the city needs the state, both go hand in hand. »
« It is easier to work with someone who is not trying to score politically, who just wants to get his job done, ”he continued. “The city has been waiting for a tour like this for a long time.”
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