Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Cynthia Nixon blamed rival Gov. Cuomo for causing woes in Puerto Rico – but then she skipped Sunday’s Puerto Rico Day Parade in Manhattan, instead of traveling to Rochester to campaign.
On Friday, Nixon tweeted numerous times about the dire economic situation in Puerto Rico and accused her political foe of not helping in the clean-up after Hurricane Maria devastated the island last year.
“There is a revolving door between Andrew Cuomo’s office and vulture funds keeping Puerto Rico in debt,” she wrote. “Under Cuomo’s administration, New York remains heavily invested in the very hedge funds that are responsible for and profit from Puerto Rico’s rising debt.”
But unlike Nixon, Cuomo was front and center at this year’s famed parade, after pointedly skipping it last year because its organizers decided to honor recently released FALN nationalist Oscar Lopez Rivera.
Cuomo held a press conference before the Fifth Avenue parade began, charging that a weak federal response to Hurricane Maria stemmed from an inherent racism coming from the White House.
Nixon, a former star of TV’s “Sex and the City,” didn’t make it because she “was committed to an event in Rochester with Disability Action for America,” said a spokeswoman for her campaign, adding: “We think one of the strongest moves New York can make to help Puerto Rico recover from Maria is to divest its pension fund from Puerto Rican debt.”
Marcos Crespo, chairman of the Bronx Democratic Party and a state assemblyman, criticized Nixon for not attending the parade.
“After attempting to question the governor on his impact in support of Puerto Rico, the least she could do is be present on the biggest stage for New York to celebrate Puerto Rican heritage,” Crespo, whose organization supports Cuomo, told The Post.