Liberals and conservatives in New York have both stood up and accused Governor Andrew Cuomo of “swooping in like Batman” and using the recent deadly events in Times Square as a “publicity stunt”.
Governor Cuomo managed to be at the site of the crash in Times Square within just 30 mins of it happening. The police department in particular didn’t find it useful to have the Governor walking around and taking the attention as they were trying to investigate the crash and secure the area for civilians.
On Thursday, Richard Rojas drove his car into a crowd of people in Times Square, killing one and injuring 22. It was not terrorism related, however, there was drugs and alcohol involved.
The Daily Mail reports:
The New York Post, a vocal critic of Cuomo, quoted a ‘senior law enforcement source’ who blasted the governor.
‘The governor was there almost instantaneously. It was outrageous,’ the quote in the newspaper reads.
‘He was there like Batman. He might as well have taken off his shirt and gone around investigating.
‘He beat everyone from the Police Department to sit there and look like he was in charge. It seemed like it was a publicity stunt.’
Photographs posted on social media show Cuomo talking with officers and victims, being briefed on the ground, and speaking to NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill.
The Post claims Cuomo was on the scene for about 20 minutes.
The governor’s office blasted the criticism of Thursday’s trip to the crash site.
‘It’s disgusting they would politicize this tragedy,’ Rich Azzopardi, while pointing out the 59-year-old did not speak to reporters or media at the scene.
The politician was also defended by the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association for his actions after the deadly collision.
‘The Governor has a role to play in any emergency situation in New York State, and he has been a strong supporter of helping New York City police officers do our jobs,’ president Patrick Lynch.
‘We should be praising our elected leaders for being proactive in a crisis, not the other way around.’
The attack on Cuomo comes after 26-year-old Rojas spoke about his mindset prior to the moment he plowed his car into the Times Square crowd.
‘I was trying to get help. I wanted to fix my life. I wanted to get a job. Get a girlfriend,’ the former Navy soldier told the Post from Rikers Island.
Eighteen-year-old Alyssa Elsman from Michigan was killed in the crash.