ALBANY — A group of minority state legislators Wednesday called on Gov. Cuomo to apologize for saying that the indicted former Assembly speaker, Sheldon Silver, is still running the chamber behind the scenes.
The state Legislature’s Black, Puerto Rican and Hispanic caucus said the governor’s reported comments show a “disturbing” lack of respect for new speaker Carl Heastie, the first black lawmaker to lead the chamber, and the Assembly Democrats as a whole.
“The alleged comments made by Gov. Cuomo are quite contradictory to his campaign to restore public trust, and they show a lack of political etiquette,” the caucus said in a statement.
“The caucus calls on the governor to publicly apologize or deny the purported statement regarding Speaker Heastie.”
Cuomo's remarks about Silver still running the show came right after he publicly embraced Heastie after Assembly Dems agreed to an ethics deal that Cuomo wanted (i.e., ethics reform for the legislature, not for the governor.)
In that embrace, Cuomo literally lifted Heastie off the floor, as if he owned him.
See for yourself.
The so called Cuomo - Heastie 'ethics reform' is more embarassing than this picture. pic.twitter.com/T1FikJsCTB
— Steve McLaughlin (@SteveMcNY) March 18, 2015