Politics is NEVER far below the surface with politicians…
Even in times of crisis…
After the virus thing subsides to a a manageable level?
The NY Governor IS gonna have a hole in his budget of Billions due to uneploymnet claims and healthcare bills the state is racking up…(NY has has the worst effect of the virus in the country so far)
Cuomo thinks Schumer hasn’t done enough to help his home state get more money back from the Feds….NY sends a LOT of tax money to Washington…And Cuomo , who has been dancing with Trump, is using Trump’s name to to try and politically beat up Schumer…
Of course Schumer MOST also deal with Senate Republicans and Trump, something Cuomo has no problem with Democrats controlling both legislative houses in New York…
In the chaotic scramble of New York politics in the age of coronavirus, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo is evoking none other than Republican President Donald Trump in his public distaste for New York’s other top Democrat: Sen. Chuck Schumer.
The decadeslong Cuomo and Schumer relationship has never been noteworthy for its warmth. But they’re like-minded politicians representing the same state, and when Cuomo speaks of New York’s highest ranking member of Congress these days, he all but grimaces.
The apparent cause lies in the murky world of health care finance: Cuomo and his aides fault Schumer for failing to protect long sought changes to how the state allocates Medicaid — something the governor wanted even before New York became the American epicenter of the pandemic.
“I say to Sen. Schumer, it would be nice if he passed a piece of legislation that actually helped the state of New York,” Cuomo recently told reporters, referring to the Senate minority leader who has regaled the media with press releases about the $112 billion in emergency aid he’s directed to the Empire State.
Cuomo drubbed Schumer throughout March, calling the first $8 billion emergency federal funding package “ludicrous” and “disconnected from reality” for leaving New York with only $35 million.
That Schumer, a powerful Democrat who occupies a similarly centrist lane to the governor, should emerge as a preeminent focus of Cuomo’s ire during a crisis the governor says should engender unity is remarkable for what it says about the budgetary hellscape the governor is now facing. With the cessation of most economic activity in the country’s financial capital, the state is anticipating up to $15 billion less in revenue. Cuomo’s posture also suggests he doesn’t see a downside in aligning his Schumer sentiments with those of the commander in chief, whose cooperation he badly needs….