"It's Andrew the bully, " Nixon said, adding that Cuomo's "behavior" is something "we see from Donald Trump every day".
Cuomo, who took office seven years ago, even singled out a Jewish man in the front row of the congregation - calling his dancing "ugly". "We are not as without rhythm as our Jewish brothers and sisters".More news: YSR Congress MPs to quit on last day of session
"I was watching Mr. Sheinkopf here in the front row moving to the music", the governor said. Sheinkopf is an ordained Orthodox rabbi.
A Cuomo spokeswoman later told the New York Post the governor was poking fun at himself and a longtime friend.
Arthur Schwartz, a Republican, Jewish, pro-Israel activist, said, "The governor should focus more on governing and less on Jew jokes". "He faces a tense primary challenge this year against 'Sex and the City" star Cythia Nixon. The budget calls for $550 million to clean up public housing.More news: Lana Del Rey: 'My Radiohead lawsuit is over'
"The truth is, discrimination is alive and well in America today and discrimination is alive and well in NY today", Cuomo said.
Nixon said she has seen Cuomo "mansplaining and lecturing women on sexual harassment" and how he has kept Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, a Westchester County Democrat, out of talks with three legislative leaders concerning efforts to bolster sexual harassment laws in NY.More news: Queer Eye Is Getting a Second Season