Does Andrew Cuomo deserve a second chance? Residents grapple with ex-gov’s stop in the South Bronx

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Does embattled former Gov. Andrew Cuomo deserve a second chance at political fame? The answer for South Bronx residents is mixed.

With whispers that the former three-term governor is mulling a return to politics — for a seat he abdicated in August following sexual misconduct allegations by 11 women — Cuomo’s rainy Thursday morning visit to ex-NYC Councilmember Ruben Diaz Sr.’s Pentecostal church in the South Bronx drew both welcoming arms and visceral disgust.

Cuomo still has his loyal supporters like Betty Davis, who lives on Longfellow Avenue, the same block as Christian Community Neighborhood Church. Davis told the Bronx Times that Cuomo’s fall from grace last summer was a “political smear campaign.” Others, however, like Joslyn Rodriguez, a sexual assault survivor, feel “triggered” by Cuomo’s re-emergence in the public spotlight, stating that he’s shown a lack of accountability for his alleged actions.

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