He didn’t get an actual shot in the arm — but his ego sure did.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday visited a new, mass vaccination site on Long Island, where he was showered with praise despite the spiraling scandals that threaten to force him from office.
During remarks at a news conference that was off-limits to journalists, a Cuomo appointee to the state Public Service Commission gushed that “our governor is here on Long Island.”
“You know, governor, I want to thank you for your leadership,” Tracey Edwards said before turning to face him.
“I want to look at you. I want to thank you for your leadership and for your resolve for this issue. We need you to continue going with this vaccine. We need you to keep going with this vaccine.”
In addition to Edwards, who’s also regional director of the Long Island NAACP, other speakers included Kristen Jarnagin, CEO of Discover Long Island, and Bishop Lionel Harvey of the First Baptist Cathedral of Westbury.
Both Jarnagin and Harvey publicly thanked Cuomo for his leadership during the pandemic.
“He’s done a yeoman’s job and we appreciate it so much,” Harvey added.
Notably absent from the event at SUNY Old Westbury was Nassau County Executive Laura Curran, a Democrat who’s seeking re-election in November.
A spokesman said Curran was instead speaking at another event, honoring Jewish war veterans, that took place at the same time.
Cuomo — who is facing an Assembly impeachment investigation and mounting calls to resign — didn’t have to take questions from reporters because the Old Westbury event was closed to the news media due to what his office called “COVID restrictions.”
During his remarks, Cuomo seemed to allude to his own struggles as he discussed the COVID-19 pandemic and how Long Island was battered by Superstorm Sandy in 2012.
“Sometimes, God comes and he knocks you on your rear end for one reason or another, or life comes and knocks you on your rear end for one reason or another,” Cuomo said.
“Circumstances happen. Things happen, people get sick. Accidents happen. The question is what you do when you get knocked on your rear end. And New Yorkers get up, and they get up stronger, and they learn the lesson.”
Although Cuomo, 63, became eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine last week, he’s said he won’t take the shot until it’s “available for my group in black, Hispanic, and poor communities around the state.”