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Cuomo’s mom, sister rally behind him, say he shouldn’t resign



The governor has one group of supporters still in his corner: his family.

Former first lady of New York Matilda Cuomo on Monday rallied around her son, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, as he faces increasing calls for his resignation.

“I have always had the utmost admiration for Andrew, and I still do,” Matilda, 89, told the Times Union in a phone call from her Manhattan apartment. “He is my son and I don’t like what he is going through.”

The governor, 63, has been embroiled in a scandal involving allegations of inappropriate behavior with younger women, as well as the controversy over nursing home deaths from COVID-19.

Several lawmakers have called for him to step down, including members of his own party, such as State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-Yonkers), the highest-ranking Democrat to call on him to resign. He has vowed not to step down.

The Cuomo family matriarch, and widow of former Gov. Mario Cuomo, said she’s told her eldest son “to continue doing his job as governor. Because he is a problem-solver who gets things done for the people of New York.”

The three-term gov “is so much like his father,” Matilda said, adding, “Not many people have the skills he has.”

One of the governor’s three sisters, Maria Cuomo Cole, also spoke to the Albany newspaper — and said the entire family has “rallied around” Andrew.

“He has our 100 percent confidence.”

Neither woman specifically addressed the claims of untoward sexual behavior levied at their loved one.

But Maria, 60, the middle child of the five Cuomo siblings, defended her brother’s record on women’s issues.

“Andrew has led the most progressive agenda in the country on issues of women’s equality and social justice,” said Maria, the wife of fashion designer Kenneth Cole.

“He has empowered more women in leadership roles than any other administration in New York state.”

She said it has been “disappointing” for the powerful political family to see that the governor “wouldn’t receive the support of some elected officials who know his abilities so well.”

“But that’s politics, to a large extent,” she said.

Her advice to her brother was: “develop a thick skin, keep doing your work, stay positive and don’t listen to naysayers.”



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