cuomoboltonGov. Andrew Cuomo pledged to crack down on topless female performers in Times Square, calling their actions “illegal” and a potential return to the “bad old days” in New York City.

“This is a serious issue,” Cuomo said in a NY1 interview. “The specifics may be somewhat trite, but it’s a serious issue.”

The performance of the women — who are among a growing cadre of costumed performers who work for tips in Times Square — has drawn the ire of The Daily News as well as Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration.

“I hate to say it, but The Daily News has been exactly right,” Cuomo said. “I believe it is illegal. I believe we should enforce the law and we will.”

It is not illegal for a person — male or female — to be topless in public in New York.

But the governor insisted the situation goes beyond a mere performance and is a potential hassle to tourists visiting what in the last several decades has turned into a family friendly location.

“42nd Street was a symbol of degradation of New York City and New York state. I’m old enough to remember, and history is instructive,” Cuomo said. “I was around for the bad old Times Square and this is starting to remind me of the bad old Times Square.”

At the same time, Cuomo said the performers — including those who dress as cartoon characters — have become more than a nuisance.

“I believe it is infringing on legitimate businesses. I believe it is infringing on the investment the city and state has made in the 42nd Street business,” Cuomo said. “I believe it is illegal. I believe we should enforce the law and we will.”