Over the weekend, Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul posted video on Twitter criticizing her primary opponent, City Councilman Jumaane Williams, for his personal finances.
"Finances are not only an important part of being lieutenant fovernor. But perhaps ultimately as fovernor, voters have a right to know your experience in this. And personal finances certainly play in this," Hochul says in the video.
But the tweet also got some negative responses, and according to Williams, Hochul is playing right into his criticism that Democrats who take corporate money believe only wealthy people can be candidates for office.
"Proabably almost every New Yorker has debt of some sort right now, small or little, some credit card debt. So the fact that you are saying that debt precludes you from being in office is offensive," he said.
Hochul says Williams earns nearly $150,000 a year through his job as a councilman, which hardly makes him poor compared to the residents of his district.
"I don't know what the definition of real poverty is. But I know in his district the median income is about $22,000. In some of the areas, it may be up to $36,000, but earning $150,000 as a councilman and earning $1 million dollars over a decade, I'm not sure that qualifies as poor," she said.
Williams says Hochul is criticizing his finances while she has been silent about corruption convictions of former Cuomo associates in connection to their work on the governor's economic development projects.
"We have to remember, this is a lieutenant governor that has made no mention of corruption. So many things that have gone on. And so she is talking about someone's personal finances, there has been no mention of the people's money," Williams said.
Williams was on trial this week after being arrested during an immigration protest back in January. The jury found him guilty on one count of blocking an emergency vehicle but dismissed two other counts against him. He was sentenced to time served without any further repercussions.