Queens assemblyman speaks out over public feud with Governor Cuomo over nursing home COVID deaths


By Saturday morning, Queens Assemblyman Ron Kim had suffered a meltdown.

He’d gone from local lawmaker to national figurehead overnight by standing up to the excesses of a governor who’d been given unlimited power because of the coronavirus pandemic. His name was splashed across headlines locally and around the country, his family was nervous about the feud, and the issue it was over was far from solved.

So, he cried.

“I had about three meltdowns, including this morning,” Kim said in an interview on Saturday. “I do feel better every time I kind of let it out. And then you move on.”

Kim stepped into the spotlight last week after telling the national press that Governor Andrew Cuomo reportedly called him and threatened his career. Cuomo demanded Kim didn’t back him in an ongoing controversy over his administration’s handling of COVID-19 in nursing homes. Kim denied him.