Gov. Andrew Cuomo has joked during a speech at a predominantly black New York City church that Jews lack rhythm when dancing.
The Democrat seeking a third term in office made the awkward crack Sunday at Mount Neboh Baptist Church in Harlem.
He added: “But we try. We are not as without rhythm as our Jewish brothers and sisters.”
Cuomo then singled out Hank Sheinkopf, a Jewish Democratic political consultant who was moving to the music in a front pew. Cuomo referred to Sheinkopf’s movements as “ugly.”
A Cuomo spokeswoman later told the New York Post the governor was poking fun at himself and a longtime friend.