Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s triumphant lifting of the state’s coronavirus restrictions — and the ensuing fireworks across the state — were part of a cynical ploy to burnish his image amid a damaging series of scandals, the head of the state Republican Party charged Thursday.
“This is not Andrew Cuomo’s moment to celebrate,” GOP Chairman Nick Langworthy told The Post.
“This is a time that we should celebrate modern medicine, the people who worked on the front lines every day and the people who put their own lives in harm’s way.”
Langworthy even said he preferred the way Mayor Bill de Blasio — like Cuomo, a Democrat — chose to mark New York reaching the milestone of a 70 percent vaccination rate against COVID-19.
“I’ve got to give Bill de Blasio credit, he scheduled a ticker-tape parade and I think that’s a good way to celebrate front-line workers,” he said during a phone interview.
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“But to have three hours’ notice for fireworks? It’s a way for Cuomo to celebrate himself and get media reports to celebrate the administration.”
Langworthy also called a recent report from the New York State Bar Association, “yet another source” showing that Cuomo and his aides have been “lying all the time” about the administration’s handling of nursing homes amid the pandemic.
The report — exclusively revealed by The Post — blasted the De
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