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'These people and their f*cking tree houses,' Gov. Cuomo said of Jewish holiday Sukkot

Governor Andrew Cuomo is in more hot water after a New York Times article published Tuesday highlighting the past and present scandals of the Governor revealed inappropriate comments he made about the Jewish holiday Sukkot.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo is in more hot water after a New York Times article published Tuesday highlighting the past and present scandals of the Governor revealed inappropriate comments he made about the Jewish holiday Sukkot.

Governor Cuomo reportedly made an insulting comment at a Sukkot event to his team during his 2006 run for New York State attorney general.

"These people and their f---ing tree houses," Cuomo vented to his team, according to a person who witnessed it and another who was briefed on his comments at the time," the New York Times article reads, with a spokesperson for Cuomo denying the comment adding that: "His two sisters married Jewish men, and he has the highest respect for Jewish traditions."

According to The Times of Israel, "Sukkot is marked by eating, and sometimes sleeping, in a sukkah, a temporary hut often built from wood and covered in tree branches."

Cuomo has had a tense relationship with the Jewish community of New York during the last year, where Jewish leaders called the state's pandemic-related crackdowns on religious gatherings "a streak of anti-Semitic discrimination."

A lawsuit filed against Cuomo last fall called the order to drastically limit religious gatherings in COVID-19 hot spots "blatantly anti-Semitic, creating religious-observance based color-coded ‘hot-spot’ zones directed towards particular Jewish communities,” AP News reported.

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