Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An Italian American political group, ticked off at Republican gubernatorial hopeful Rob Astorino for comparing Gov. Andrew Cuomo to a “mafia boss,” wants him to apologize to all Italians as well as the governor himself.The New York State Italian America PAC, which Huntingtown Town Supervisor Frank Petrone, a Democrat, serves as honorary chairman, sent a letter to fellow Italian-American Astorino this week expressing outrage that the Westchester county executive would “perpetuate the stereotype of Italian-Americans as Mafia.”Astorino was responding to Cuomo’s first public comments to a New York Times story detailing how people within his office, including former Suffolk County Deputy County Executive Regina Calcaterra, intervened whenever the Moreland Commission—made up of prosecutors across the state, including Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice—began looking into groups politically linked to the governor.Cuomo denied any interference, using a statement—released the same day the governor responded to the story—from one of the commissioners in defense of the administration to bolster his point.Astorino took issue with Cuomo’s rationale. “To suggest that he was suggesting to the commission members where they should go with an investigation is like a mafia boss coming forward and saying that he wants to make a suggestion, an offer you can’t refuse,” Astorino said. “That clearly is intimidation and that’s what he and his staff did.”The “Godfather” reference was too much, apparently.“Your characterization is an affront to all of us who have fought long and hard to combat the harm stereotyping causes to persons of all ethnic groups and who have tried to highlight the accomplishments of Italian Americans in our society,” NYS Italian America PAC wrote in its letter, dated July 29. “Your comment is offensive not just to Italian-Americans, but to all those who believe the hallmark of a good public servant is the capacity to bring persons of diverse backgrounds together and not resort to such hurtful name-calling.”The group, in a blistery tone, wrote that Astorino’s comment has them questioning the county executive’s ability to maintain the moral high ground.“Your flippant use of such a derogatory reference calls into question whether you have the necessary character, temperament and integrity to hold the office you seek,” the group wrote.“NYS IAM PAC is requesting that you, County Executive Astorino, issue a public apology to all people of Italian heritage, as well as to Governor Cuomo for your insensitive and offensive reference.”When asked for a response, the Astorino campaign did not apologize.“He was reciting a line from ‘The Godfather,’ one of the most quoted movies on the planet,” an Astorino spokeswoman said in a statement. “Governor Cuomo is at the center of the worst corruption scandal in New York’s history—let’s have a little perspective please.”Astorino, who has so far been unable to chip away at Cuomo’s double-digit lead in the polls, has seized on the Times report, painting the governor as a corrupt hypocrite who failed in his campaign promise to clean up Albany.Cuomo’s Democratic primary challenger Zephyr Teachout and her running mate, Timothy Wu, have also aggressively attacked Cuomo. On Wednesday, the pair accused the governor of possibly breaking four state laws.
Former England Manager, Sven-GÃ¶ran Eriksson, has advised Manchester Unitedâ€™s Wayne Rooney to join the Chinese Super League.Eriksson who was at the brink of taking the Super Eagles to South Africa 2010 World Cup before a dramatic switch to his compatriot, Lars LagerbÃ¤ck, was also one of the pioneer managers from Europe to move to China.Â According to London Daily MailÂ Eriksson had discussed with Rooney the prospect of moving to the Chinese Super League.Â The 31-year-old Manchester United icon is likely to leave Old Trafford this summer, after a decline in form and also falling out of favour with both United Manager JosÃ© Mourinho and England boss Gareth Southgate.Â The former England, but current Sweden manager stated: â€œI havenâ€™t spoken to Rooney for a long time, so I donâ€™t know what he is thinking, but if he went to China I think he would have a Âpositive experience. He has a young family but there are international schools in the big cities and I know for sure he would have every help possible to make him settle. He would be made very welcomeâ€.Â Â Eriksson in 2013 joined Guangzhou R&F. Â Since then, the former Leicester City boss has gone on to manage Shanghai SIPG, and is currently in charge of Shenzhen FC, in the China League One competition.Â Despite advising Rooney to move to China he pointed out the possible language barrier.Â â€œThe only problem you have is the language. But if you live in Shanghai or Beijing you have a lot of foreign people, so it is less of an issue. I bumped into many Swedish people in Shanghai and many Europeans live there, working for big companiesâ€.Â Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram