Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday told reporters he often speaks with his brother, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, for advice and often does so with other journalists.
The revelation last week that Chris Cuomo spoke with his brother and advised him on how to respond to the allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct leveled against the governor led to an on-air apology.
“It was a mistake because I put my colleagues here, who I believe are the best in the business, in a bad spot," Chris Cuomo said. "I never intended for that, I would never intend for that, and I’m sorry for that.”
Chris Cuomo had previously not covered the allegations facing his brother, though the two did hold interviews in the early weeks of the pandemic on CNN that often devolved into brotherly banter. Chris Cuomo also appeared via video at a gubernatorial press conference after contracting COVID-19 last year.
The governor, on Long Island Monday for an unrelated event, said he often speaks with reporters to elicit their advice.
"I had conversations with my brother. I always have conversations with my brother because he's my brother and he's my best friend," the governor said. "Obviously, he was aware of what was going on and I talked to him about it, and he told me his thoughts. He always tells me his thoughts. Sometimes I follow them, sometimes I don't. He was not covering the story. He had recused himself from the story. But I talk to journalists about situations all the time and they tell me their thoughts and their advice."
Chris Cuomo was among those close to the governor who had received access to a COVID-19 test last year when supplies were scarce. Gov. Cuomo's office has pointed to the need to test people around him out of precaution.