“Congressman Engel doesn’t take that from anybody, and he engaged the protesters,” Mr. Cohen said. But he declined to go into detail, saying he did not want to speak on Mr. Engel’s behalf. The congressman could not immediately be reached for clarification.
Mr. Cohen said he did not feel in danger during the encounter. The councilman, who, like Mr. Engel, is Jewish, called the demonstrators’ use of the word Nazi “Orwellian.”
“Their perspective is just so warped that you could live in a universe where that’s an appropriate response,” Mr. Cohen said.
Moreland flap? Ho-hum
Mr. Klein and Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz were low-key about recent revelations that Mr. Cuomo hampered the work of the Moreland Commission, the body the governor empowered last year to end corruption in state politics.
Mr. Klein previously joined a lawsuit aimed at blocking the commission’s request for client lists of law firms that employ legislators. Mr. Dinowitz previously blasted the commission as a witch hunt unfairly targeting just one branch of government, the legislature.
But after a New York Times story found Mr. Cuomo’s office blocked the commission from investigating a firm with ties to the governor, among other revelations of potential impropriety, Riverdale’s state officials refrained from heavily criticizing Mr. Cuomo. He ended the work of the Moreland Commission after the state budget included modest ethics reform measures at the end of March.
“It was his prerogative to appoint Moreland,” Mr. Klein said, echoing the governor’s own response to the Times report. Mr. Cuomo had said the commission was his to direct.
“I think it accomplished his goal [to make] the recommendations that they put forth, and now we have to move forward and get it done,” Mr. Klein concluded, referring to the commission’s preliminary report that proposed various reforms in December.
Mr. Dinowitz maintained a somewhat more critical tone than Mr. Klein.