Cuomo, the hero

Cuomo assisting a stranded driver on Cross Island Parkway.
Cuomo assisting a stranded driver on Cross Island Parkway.
Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo
Cuomo assisting a stranded driver on Cross Island Parkway.

Cuomo, the hero

The governor sure has a penchant for finding opportune moments to flex his heroic abilities.
January 7, 2020

Like a modern-day Hercules, Gov. Andrew Cuomo helped pull a passenger from a car wreck on the Brooklyn-Queens-Expressway on Monday – along with several other emergency responders. 

As Cuomo was heading down the highway, he spotted a van tipped over and decided to pull over and channel his inner He-Man. While multiple trained professionals showed up at the scene of the accident, in which no one was harmed, it appeared Cuomo was taking advantage of this ripe opportunity to burnish his reputation as a man of action. 

But this certainly isn’t the first time the governor has flexed his “heroic” abilities. Cuomo has developed a knack for ending up in the right place at the right time when it comes to minor accidents and emergencies – and luckily for him, if there’s no camera nearby, his aides have one on their phones.

Here are just a few previous examples of the governor coming to the rescue. Sort of. 

Helping rescuers bring a family out of a flooded area

After a powerful storm in Dolgeville, located between Syracuse and Albany, resulted in flooding this past November, one family was nearly dragged away by the stormwater. Luckily, a team of rescuers were able to pull them to safety – with Cuomo offering some minor assistance.

In a video, shared by local Albany news station WRGB News, Cuomo can be seen guiding the storm’s victims – already being assisted by the Red Cross – to safety, in a noble yet unnecessary move.

Providing aid in Puerto Rico

On a post-Hurricane Maria trip to Puerto Rico in 2018, the governor took part in a relief effort. During the trip he posted a video of himself in construction gear slamming a wall with a sledgehammer. Why? We don’t know. But we’re sure Cuomo tearing down this plaster wall helped the islanders greatly. 

Helping a driver out of a snowbank

In 2017, Cuomo came upon a driver stranded on a snowbank on the Sprain Brook Parkway. The governor took it upon himself to hook a cable to the stuck car and connecting it with his own SUV to pull it out of the bank. We’d like to mock this incident – and the governor’s affection for crisp khaki slacks – but the former tow-truck driver actually proved to be quite helpful in this particular instance.

Correction: Emergency responders did not arrive at the scene of the accident on Monday until after the governor arrived and the rescue began. 

Amanda Luz Henning Santiago
Amanda Luz Henning Santiago
is City & State's web reporter and social media editor.
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