ALBANY— It looks like Gov. Andrew Cuomo is getting cabin fever just like the rest of us.
His near-daily press briefings about the coronavirus have veered off into the personal — and wacky — at times, with the state leader regaling the public with tales about his dog “Captain Cuomo,” being locked in an apartment with the kids and even attempting an Irish brogue to talk about the city’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
“I live alone — I’m even getting annoyed with the dog,” the 62-year-old divorced dad of three daughters has admitted amid the crisis.
Cuomo has gotten personal about his girls, too — and some of what they put him through when they were little.
“I remember when my kids were young, I was divorced. … [The] girls, they were 6 and 7 and 8 years old. Six and 7 and 8 years old in a small apartment in Manhattan, that’s a lot of fun, and then that gets old very fast. Right?”
He said he used to help himself cope by bringing the kids, Michaela, Mariah and Cara Kennedy Cuomo, over to the apartment of his parents, mom Matilda and his late, famous governor dad, Mario.
“And after a couple of hours, now the kids are running around, and the kids are picking up this, and they’re picking up this, and they’re picking up his picture frame, and my father says, ‘Put that down, put that down, don’t touch that.’ After a couple of hours my father would say, ‘I think you have to go to work now, pal.’
“I’d say, ‘No, I don’t have to go to work.’ ‘No, I think you have to go to work now, pal.’ You know?” Cuomo cheekily recalled.
The state’s most famous Italian even had to giggle himself when he attempted an Irish brogue while talking about the St. Pat’s parade, which was eventually canceled amid the pandemic.
“Well, I’m authorized, you know, by St. Patrick, that’s who,” the head of state said with an Irish accent. “Oh, yes, I have the highest authority.”
But Cuomo has insisted that he is keeping his physical health intact as the crisis continues to mount.
“I have my own workout routine that I have developed over a number of years that I do alone, so I don’t do it in a gym,” the governor said — unlike New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who was slammed for continuing to go to his Brooklyn gym while urging severe social distancing for everyone else.
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