HOST: “An article in ‘The New York Times’ says that you’ve been delaying payments by a few days to push them in the next budget year. Is that kosher? Will there be a repeat of that practice next year?”

CUOMO: “Yeah, I — to tell you the truth, I don’t even — I don’t understand that fully, so I have to —“

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HOST: “Well, if ‘The Times’ said it so, it must be so, right?”

CUOMO: “Oh, well, yeah. Oh, ‘Times’ also said in an article the other day, apropos nothing, they were talking about going back to Italian Americans because you now have me —“

HOST: “I read the article, yeah.”

CUOMO: “They used the expression that southern Italians were called — I believe they said southern Italians, Sicilians, I’m half-Sicilian — were called, quote/unquote — pardon my language, but I’m just quoting ‘The Times’ — n***er wops, N-word wops, as a derogatory comment. When I said that wop was a derogatory comment, that’s when ‘The Times’ union told me, ‘No, you should look at Wikipedia. Wop really meant a dandy. (Laughs) I’m sure that’s what they were saying to me back in Queens, You’re a dandy,’ when they looked at me with scorn and gave me a hand gesture and called me a wop. So that’s ‘The New York Times.’”