Sen. Chuck Schumer took a swipe at Albany and scandal-scarred Gov. Andrew Cuomo Thursday, charging that money meant for New York City doesn’t always fully make its way from upstate coffers.
The Senate majority leader and Big Apple resident made the comments during a virtual appearance at Mayor Bill de Blasio’s City Hall press briefing as he touted the $6 billion in federal stimulus aid that New York City will get through President Biden’s COVID-19 relief package.
“There’s money for the MTA, there’s money to open our schools, and there is money for the city of New York,” Schumer said.
“And with the mayor’s help, guidance, and a little bit of prodding, we made sure that money doesn’t come through Albany. It goes directly to the city, because when Albany gets the money, sometimes the city doesn’t see all of it.”
The lawmaker added, “So, here we are, and the state is getting more than enough money to deal with their problems as well, but the city of New York gets over $6 billion.”
During his appearance, Schumer also announced that New York will get a coronavirus “vaccine supercharge” with more than 100 new federally funded inoculation sites across the state.
De Blasio likewise praised Schumer, who he called a “son of Brooklyn.”
“We would not have a stimulus this good, this strong, if it were not for the majority leader and what he did served the entire nation, but he always, always remembers where he comes from. He remembers Brooklyn and the whole city of New York. He remembers New York state,” de Blasio said.
The mayor continued, “He was there for us when we needed it. If he was not there, this would not have happened. I want to be abundantly clear — we are celebrating the kind of stimulus we needed, and it happened because Chuck Schumer was the majority leader of the US Senate.”
Later in the press briefing, de Blasio said Cuomo “can no longer serve as governor” amid his sexual harassment and nursing home scandals.