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New York's Governor Plays Highway Rescuer

Cuomo helps free a man from vehicle after accident
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 7, 2020 11:27 AM CST

(Newser) – Rescuing motorists is apparently all in a day's work for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Cuomo had just finished a speech in Midtown on Monday when he came across an overturned van on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. The vehicle, which appeared wedged against a median, was "going to tip over," and the governor "cut the man trapped in the [vehicle] out and helped him to safety," says Rich Azzopardi, a senior adviser who shared video of the incident with Gothamist.

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Cuomo, seen holding the man's leg as he descended from the vehicle, reportedly used a seat belt cutter taken from a vehicle in his security detail. All this "in a full suit and dress shoes," per the Journal News. Gothamist notes Cuomo has helped at least three stranded motorists in four years. A tweet from 2017 shows him assisting a driver who was stuck in the snow. (Read more Andrew Cuomo stories.)

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