ALBANY Actress Cynthia Nixon continued to hammer Gov. Cuomo on ethics on Monday but had little to say about Mayor de Blasios fund-raising scandals.
Nixon, appearing in Albany for the first time since launching a Democratic primary challenge against Cuomo last week, dismissed questions about recent court testimony by a de Blasio donor that the mayor encouraged him to use straw donors to send money to political allies.
Asked about the situation, Nixon flubbed the office she is running for before catching herself.
Im not running for governor, Im running for mayor, Nixon responded. Scratch that. Flip it.
She then drew a distinction between Cuomo and de Blasio, noting that aides to the governor have been either convicted on corruption charges or about to stand trial.
I think we have a very different situation, Nixon said. The important thing to remember here is we have a governor whose chief aide was not accused of corruption, but was actually convicted of it.
She was referring to Joseph Percoco, Cuomos longtime aide and confidant, who was recently found guilty of three felony corruption counts.
She also named Alain Kaloyeros, the former SUNY Polytechnic Institute president who in June will stand trial on separate corruption charges.
De Blasios fund-raising was investigated by the feds and Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance. And while the mayor and his team dodged criminal charges, both investigators raised concerns about his fund-raising practices.
More recently, restaurateur Harendra Singh, while testifying in the corruption trial of former Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, said that de Blasio did not dissuade him from using straw donors to funnel contributions to political allies.
Singh testified that the mayor told him: Listen, I don’t know, I don’t want to know. Just do whatever you got to do.”
On a day when budget negotiations are said to be winding down, Nixon came to Albany to join the Alliance for Quality Education in calling for $1.5 billion in more education funding, with most of that going to needy schools.
But she again hit Cuomo on everything from education and corruption, to enabling the Republicans to control the state Senate and mansplaining sexual harassment to a female reporter.
The Sex And The City actress got personal as well, blasting Cuomo as a bully and a hypocrite who plays a progressive in New York City but governs in Albany like a Republican wannabe.
Several times she compared him to President Trump, especially when it comes to dealing with corruption, an issue Cuomo promised to tackle during his first successful run in 2010.
Hes cleaned up Albany about as much as Trump has drained the swamp in Washington, Nixon said.
A Cuomo campaign rep had no immediate comment.