Roxanne Persaud Calls New York Gov. Kathy Hochul ‘Governor Cuomo’

what’s in a name A Brooklyn lawmaker found out on Friday.

Democratic State Sen. Roxanne Persaud appeared to briefly forget the resignation of former Gov. Andrew Cuomo last year as she attempted to pay tribute to current Gov. Kathy Hochul at a news conference and announced $2 billion in new funding for the announce childcare.

“It’s important to our community, so thank you Governor Cuomo for coming,” Persaud told a stunned audience.

“I can’t believe I did that,” she quickly added.

Persaud — whose district includes working-class neighborhoods like Carnarsie, East New York and Mill Basin — then attacked Cuomo for allegedly being uninterested in expanding state support for child care during his three terms in office.

“Governor Cuomo wasn’t interested in that, which is why that name was in my head,” she explained.

Former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo resigned in August 2021.
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Sen. Roxanne Persaud
Sen. Roxanne Persaud slipped during a press conference with Gov. Hochul, calling her Gov. Cuomo.
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Cuomo spokesman Rich Azzopardi quickly fired back via Twitter.

“He doubled the childcare tax credit, but who needs facts?” Azzopardi tweeted before posting a link to a past press release on child care efforts while Cuomo was governor.

A spokesman for Persaud told the Post Friday afternoon that her comments about Cuomo specifically concerned the expanded eligibility for childcare grants, which were approved after Hochul took over as governor.

The notoriously hard-line Cuomo resigned last August amid a litany of scandals including sexual misconduct and the cover-up of COVID-19 deaths among nursing home residents.

Albany Democrats weeks ago approved a state budget that will increase childcare funding by $7 billion over four years, with the bulk of the money coming from the federal government.

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul was at a news conference to announce $2 billion in new child care funding.

Federal funds account for $900 million of the $2 billion that will go into improving child care this year, according to Hochul.

Despite Persaud’s speedy recovery, the blunder quickly caught the attention of observers of New York State politics.

“It’s the New York equivalent of GWB screwing Iraq/Ukraine,” explains Wall Street Journal Capitol reporter Jimmy Vielkind tweeted Friday.

Former President George W. Bush raised eyebrows earlier this week after speaking of a “completely unjustified and brutal invasion of Iraq” when discussing Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Others sympathized with the Brooklyn legislature due to the long list of elected officials in the Empire State who have resigned in recent years – including former Lt. gov. Brian Benjamin last month.

“Many call the governor by the wrong name” tweeted Conservative Party leader Gerard Kassar smugly. Roxanne Persaud Calls New York Gov. Kathy Hochul ‘Governor Cuomo’


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