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State ethics commission won't rescind approval for Cuomo book deal

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany
UPDATED 4:27 PM ET Oct. 19, 2021

New York state's ethics commission on Tuesday failed to muster enough votes to revoke approval of a $5.1 million book contract for ex-Gov. Andrew Cuomo as scrutiny over the panel's handling of the deal continues.

The Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) was a vote short of rescinding approval for the book, "American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic," which Cuomo released last year.

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Cuomo attorney: 'Preposterous' to link book deal to nursing home data

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

A memorandum made public Tuesday written over the summer by an attorney representing former Gov. Andrew Cuomo pushed back on the idea the state sought to downplay nursing home residents' deaths in order to secure a lucrative book deal for the then-governor in 2020.

The 62-page memo by Cuomo attorney Elkan Abramowitz indicates and confirms several aspects of the inquiries facing the former governor. The federal criminal investigation into how the state reported nursing home deaths during the pandemic remained underway at least through the summer and multiple jurisdictions at the local, state and federal level have launched investigations into nursing home data reporting, as well as the circumstances surrounding the $5.1 million book deal.

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Former Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner on Cuomo: 'There was a track record of toxic behavior'

BY Susan Arbetter Syracuse

A theme that runs through Attorney General Letitia James’ reports on both sexual harassment and the COVID-19 nursing home deaths scandal is that it was more important for Andrew Cuomo and his administration to look good than do good.

It’s a theme, that, if you look closely, has been running throughout Cuomo’s tenure in office.

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NY Senate majority leader compares Cuomo to Trump, says former governor would benefit from introspection

BY Susan Arbetter New York State

Since resigning from office in August, former Gov. Andrew Cuomo has begun sending out missives to supporters that do three things: reiterate his accomplishments while in office, relitigate the damning attorney general’s report that prompted his resignation and repeat his own claims that the current administration is incompetent.

On Monday, his supporters received a letter which stated:

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New York ethics panel to probe how Cuomo got a $5.1M book deal approved

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

The commission overseeing ethics and lobbying in New York voted Tuesday to conduct an internal investigation into the circumstances that led to the panel approving a $5.1 million book contract for ex-Gov. Andrew Cuomo last year.

The approval of the investigation by the Joint Commission on Public Ethics comes as Cuomo's book about the pandemic, "American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic," is also being investigated by Attorney General Letitia James's office, which is looking into whether government resources were inappropriately used to write it.

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Out of office, Cuomo uses power of campaign account

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

For the decade he was governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo exercised nearly unquestioned power in the halls of the state Capitol.

Now a private citizen, Cuomo no longer has the trappings of the office. But he still retains an $18 million pot of money from his days as a prodigious fundraiser. He's using the money to pay attorneys and former advisors as part of a public and private defense effort amid a cascade of ongoing criminal and civil investigations at the local, state and federal level.

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Hochul cuts off money for Cuomo aides' legal bills, what this could mean for Assembly probe

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Former staffers to ex-Gov. Andrew Cuomo earlier this month were told by the new top counsel in Gov. Kathy Hochul's administration their legal bills would no longer be covered by the state, according to an email reviewed by Spectrum News 1.

The email, sent by Hochul counsel Elizabeth Fine on Sept. 2 to law firms representing former aides to Cuomo, stated the governor's office is reviewing the legal basis for approving the payment of past attorney fees.

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AG James says she can't probe alleged ethics panel leak to Cuomo

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

New York Attorney General Letitia James is calling for changes to the referral process for investigations after her office determined she could not probe an alleged leak to former Gov. Andrew Cuomo from the state's troubled ethics and lobbying regulator.

The Joint Commission on Public Ethics, known as JCOPE, has come under scrutiny amid the resignation of Cuomo, the influence he wielded over the panel and its investigations, and as state lawmakers call for reforms.

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New York Assembly's Cuomo probe could conclude Oct. 1, lawmaker says

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

The New York Assembly Judiciary Committee's wide-ranging investigation into former Gov. Andrew Cuomo and a variety of controversies that faced his office over the last year could wrap up its work by Oct. 1, a lawmaker who sits on the panel said Wednesday.

A report by the panel, originally charged with an impeachment investigation of Cuomo, is expected to be made public soon after, said Republican Assemblywoman Majorie Byrnes.

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Ex-Cuomo aide plans legal challenge after firing by advocacy group

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

A former aide to ex-Gov. Andrew Cuomo plans a legal challenge after he was fired Monday evening by the Human Rights Campaign, a prominent LGBTQIA+ advocacy organization, after he was alleged to have played a role in the governor's response to sexual harassment allegations leveled against him.

The firing of Alphonso David, who had served as the group's president since June 2019, is the latest fallout from the scandal that ultimately consumed Cuomo's administration and led to his resignation last month.

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What will Gov. Cuomo's legacy be? NY congressional lawmakers are split

BY Kevin Frey New York City

As New York’s new governor Kathy Hochul begins to fill out her administration, an assessment of her predecessor is now underway. Questions of Andrew Cuomo’s legacy are dividing members of the state’s congressional delegation, with some arguing it is impossible to look at the former governor’s accomplishments without also considering the accusations that forced him from office. “Unfortunately, it's a scandal he created so that will be his legacy,” said Congressman Brian Higgins, a Democrat representing western New York. Cuomo resigned following a dramatic report from the state’s Attorney General detailing allegations of sexual harassment. But can those accusations be separated from his achievements as governor? “Ultimately I’ll let the historians decide what the paragraph order will be,” said Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, a Democrat representing Brooklyn. Jeffries, who was one of the last members of the New York delegation to call on Cuomo resign, said there are things from Cuomo’s time in office - such as the passage of gay marriage - that New Yorkers can be proud of. “There are many people in the communities that I represent in some of the hardest parts of Brooklyn who believe that Gov. Cuomo was there for them in the context of the pain, suffering, and death experienced as a result of the pandemic,” he said. Queens Congressman Gregory Meeks, who like Jeffries waited until after the AG report was released to call on Cuomo to step aside, said part of the former governor’s legacy will be questions about how his term ended. But Meeks also pointed to his actions as governor. “Number one, he did a lot with reference to innovation, in regards to infrastructure and building and trying to see the future,” he said. Across the aisle, Republicans already had plenty of objections to Cuomo’s policy agenda, but suggest the events of late could overshadow much else. “This will certainly be a cloud that will remain over Gov. Cuomo and a stain on his tenure as governor,” said Staten Island Republican Congresswoman Nicole Malliotakis, referring to the AG report and the questions surrounding nursing home deaths. “Legacies take some time. But I think unfortunately - for him and for New York State - it's going to be what brought his demise,” said Congressman Chris Jacobs, who represents western New York.

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Cuomo urged to return campaign donations

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany
UPDATED 4:03 PM ET Aug. 27, 2021

Democratic state Sen. Liz Krueger on Friday urged donors to former Gov. Andrew Cuomo to request a refund of their contributions and called on Cuomo himself to close his campaign account.

Cuomo's resignation took effect Tuesday at midnight, but he continues to hold an $18 million war chest for what would have been a campaign for a fourth term.

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Lawmaker: Cuomo should lose book money

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

The money ex-Gov. Andrew Cuomo earned from his book about the COVID-19 pandemic released a year ago should be given to victims and women's rights organizations, Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara said Thursday.

Cuomo last year received a $5.1 million contract to write a memoir about his handling of the pandemic, "American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic." The book is now the subject of an investigation by Attorney General Letitia James' office over the alleged use of government resources to help the former governor write it.

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State ethics panel makes criminal referral over alleged leak to Cuomo

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

New York's troubled anti-corruption panel on Thursday during a contentious meeting voted to make a criminal referral to Attorney General Letitia James' office over an alleged leak to ex-Gov. Andrew Cuomo surrounding the details of the panel's discussion of whether to investigate his former aide Joe Percoco.

Separately, the commission voted for a criminal referral to how the state inspector general's office, an arm of the governor's administration, handled the alleged leak.

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Longtime Cuomo advisor resigns from top economic development job

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Steve Cohen, a longtime advisor to former Gov. Andrew Cuomo who had been appointed to lead the state's chief economic development arm is resigning from the post, Gov. Kathy Hochul's office on Wednesday said.

Cohen was among the Cuomo advisors and aides named in a report released this month the state attorney general's office as part of an effort to allegedly retaliate against Lindsey Boylan, one of the women who accused the former governor of sexual harassment.

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Cuomo's supporters remain with him despite resignation

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

The mood at the state Capitol on Tuesday among state lawmakers and staff seemed like one of near-elation. A history-making new governor — the first woman, one who pledged to end a culture of toxicity and bullying in the state's chief executive office — was outlining her plans to lead the state through the uncertainty of the ongoing pandemic.

But a 15-minute walk from the Capitol told a different story.

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Zephyr Teachout on Gov. Hochul’s ethics challenges

BY Susan Arbetter City of Albany

One of the most memorable moments of Kathy Hochul’s brief ceremonial swearing-in on Tuesday was the look of utter adoration in her husband’s eyes as she took the oath of office.

William Hochul is the former U.S. attorney for the Western District of New York. But it’s his current position that has caught the interest of good government advocates.

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Cuomo's Emmy is rescinded

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

The International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences on Tuesday rescinded the special Emmy award given to former Gov. Andrew Cuomo last year, pointing to the sexual harassment allegations leveled against the governor that preceded his resignation.

The academy in a statement said, "in light of the New York Attorney General’s report, and Andrew Cuomo’s subsequent resignation as Governor, it is rescinding his special 2020 International Emmy Award."

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Hours before leaving office, Cuomo gives clemency to 6

BY Associated Press New York State

NEW YORK (AP) — Hours before leaving office, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday granted clemency to six people, including the driver in a fatal 1981 armored truck robbery whose release was championed by his son, San Francisco’s top prosecutor.

David Gilbert, 76, is serving a life sentence for his role in the $1.6 million theft that left a guard and two police officers dead. Through Cuomo’s action, he will be referred to the state parole board for potential release, the governor’s office said.

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Cuomo digs in during his final days in office

BY Morgan McKay Albany/Capital Region
UPDATED 9:12 PM ET Aug. 23, 2021

Right before the clock strikes midnight on Monday night, Governor Andrew Cuomo will relinquish his control of New York amid numerous sexual harassment allegations.

But before he left, Cuomo wanted to make sure he had the last word.

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NYS Police Investigators’ Association president: 'You either have to bow to the governor, or else'

BY Susan Arbetter City of Albany

Over the last few weeks, members of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s state police detail have been painting an unflattering portrait in the press of the governor and his family.

These reports are in addition to the sexual harassment allegations made by a female trooper against the governor and which Attorney General Letitia James included in her scathing August 3 report. That report led directly to Gov. Cuomo’s decision to resign at midnight Tuesday.

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Cuomo departs with $18 million in his campaign account

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is departing office Monday with an $18 million campaign war chest. But the soon-to-be-former governor is limited in what he can do with that money, the good-government organization Reinvent Albany on Monday said.

Cuomo, who does not plan to seek further elected office, his top aide confirmed, can use the money for legal defense. Cuomo faces multiple investigations, including one by Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple over allegations he inappropriately touched a woman at the Executive Mansion and a federal probe into his administration's reporting of nursing home deaths. Cuomo has denied any wrongdoing.

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In farewell address, Gov. Cuomo touts accomplishments, continues to denounce allegations against him

BY Morgan McKay New York State

In a pre-recorded “farewell” speech, Gov. Andrew Cuomo addressed New Yorkers for the last time as governor as he resigns at midnight amid numerous sexual harassment allegations.

The speech lasted around 16 minutes and Cuomo started it off doubling down once again that the accusations against him are all political attacks.

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Cuomo to deliver farewell address at noon

BY Spectrum News Staff New York State

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, before his resignation becomes official at 11:59 p.m., will deliver a farewell address Monday at noon.

Melissa DeRosa, the governor's outgoing secretary, made the announcement Monday morning on Twitter.

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Cuomo's final weekend as governor spent overseeing storm response

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Gov. Andrew Cuomo leaves office at 11:59 p.m. this evening amid a series of bruising scandals and controversies, resigning amid allegations of sexual harassment leveled against him by 11 women.

But on Saturday and Sunday, that was seemingly a distant concern for the state's response to the hurricane that hit the northeast this weekend.

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Gov. Cuomo says Henri won’t stop his planned resignation

BY Associated Press New York State

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo spent his second-to-last day in office projecting an image that he is still in control, and still fully engaged as the state dealt with heavy rain from Henri.

The Democrat, who is set to resign at the end of the day Monday, appeared at a televised briefing Sunday surrounded by top state officials involved in the state’s storm response.

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Cuomo’s drive to dominate led to success, and his downfall

BY Associated Press City of Albany

Back in 2018, when there was talk he might run for president, Andrew Cuomo insisted there was only one reason he would leave office early. And it wasn’t the White House. “The only caveat,” he said, “is if God strikes me dead.”

Another possibility will be realized this week, when the Democrat resigns in disgrace, his allies gone, his legacy stained by allegations of sexual harassment. This ending was not brought about by a bolt from the heavens, but by 11 women who told their stories to investigators.

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It's moving day for Cuomo at the Executive Mansion

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

In his book "All Things Possible" released in 2014, Gov. Andrew Cuomo wrote about the time he saw then-Gov. Hugh Carey in 1981 juggling with boxes as he moved out of the Executive Mansion. The humbling scene hit home for Cuomo that when it's over, it's really over.

On Friday, it appeared to be time for Cuomo himself to move out of the mansion on Eagle Street in downtown Albany. Moving trucks — including a U-Haul van and a Ryder truck — entered the grounds of the sprawling Victorian house, and workers in Office of General Services shirts were seen carting items.

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With days left in office, Cuomo's lawyer again contradicts accusers' accounts of sexual harassment

BY Morgan McKay New York State
UPDATED 2:11 PM ET Aug. 20, 2021

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has less than three days left in office, but his lawyer, Rita Glavin, came forward on Friday continuing to attack the credibility of the 11 women who accused the governor of sexual harassment.

In a detailed slideshow, Glavin showed pictures of Cuomo at certain events where some of the women allege Cuomo groped them.

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How the Moreland Commission was a precursor to Cuomo's downfall

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

In 2013, Gov. Andrew Cuomo launched an anti-corruption commission meant to root out wrongdoing in state government. Less than a year later, that commission was shuttered as Cuomo reached an agreement with state lawmakers to approve a package of ethics law changes.

Ultimately, the closure of the commission would be investigated by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, who ultimately dropped the probe in 2016 and after Cuomo won a second term — an early instance in which the governor first faced real scrutiny from an independent investigator.

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Cuomo, leaving office, files for retirement

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday filed for retirement as he prepares to leave office in one week, Comptroller Tom DiNapoli's office confirmed.

Cuomo's retirement will take effect on September 1 in keeping with a state pension requirement that an application for retirement must be on file for at least 15 days, but not more than 90 days, before it can occur.

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State lawmakers begin reviewing evidence in Cuomo investigation

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Lawmakers in the New York state Assembly on Tuesday began reviewing documents gathered by investigators for Attorney General Letitia James' office, as well as those hired by the Legislature as the probe into Gov. Andrew Cuomo's controversies this year continues.

The review of the documents this week by lawmakers comes a day after Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie announced the investigation into the governor by the Judiciary Committee would continue after initially suspending the effort on Friday, days after Cuomo's announced resignation. Heastie also pledged the committee would release a report on its findings.

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Lawmakers eye Cuomo's pension, scrapping father's name from bridge

BY Morgan McKay City of Albany

It’s a bill that has been floated before, but is gaining more steam in light of recent events — changing the name of the Gov. Mario Cuomo Bridge back to the Tappan Zee.

In 2017, when Gov. Andrew Cuomo first renamed the newly rebuilt Tappan Zee Bridge, there was quite an uproar among local community members and even some lawmakers.

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Information shows violations of public officers' law in Cuomo probe, lawmaker says

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Lawmakers on the panel leading an investigation of Gov. Andrew Cuomo have seen information that shows violations of the public officers' law, the top Republican on the Assembly Judiciary Committee said in a Capital Tonight interview.

"There are certain provisions of the things that he has done, what we've seen information come in on, that would be violations of the public officers' law," Assemblyman Michael Montesano said.

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New York progressives hope for relations 'reset' with Hochul

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

For years, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the progressive activists in New York feuded over policy goals at the state Capitol. They fought over increasing the minimum wage and battled over affordable housing and mass transit.

Now, with Cuomo leaving office next Tuesday and Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul taking the helm, advocates like Michael Kink of Strong Economy for All hope there will be a fresh start in Albany.

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Heastie: Assembly impeachment team to issue public report

BY Morgan McKay New York State

After facing public backlash, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie announced Monday morning that the Assembly impeachment team looking into Governor Andrew Cuomo would now be issuing a public report on evidence collected over the last five months.

When that report will be released is still unclear, and Assemblyman Charles Lavine’s office says no comment.

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Assembly drops Cuomo impeachment investigation

BY Morgan McKay City of Albany

The Assembly will be dropping its impeachment investigation into Governor Andrew Cuomo now that he is resigning in less than 11 days.

This announcement came late in the day on Friday, just hours before a deadline impeachment investigators gave to Cuomo to submit any final documents related to the investigation.

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Heastie: Constitutional concerns led to Cuomo impeachment probe's suspension

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie in a Capital Tonight interview on Friday defended the decision to suspend an impeachment investigation of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, pointing to the constitutional concerns that have been raised in recent days as well as the separate investigations by law enforcement.

Heastie, meanwhile, insisted no deal had been cut with Cuomo, who resigns Aug. 24 amid a sexual harassment scandal, to hit the pause button on the investigation.

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Good-government groups seek changes to post-Cuomo Albany

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Good-government organizations on Friday called for changes to how New York's state government operates in the wake of the coming resignation of Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The groups, including Reinvent Albany, Common Cause, the League of Women Voters and the New York Public Interest Research Group, urged the Democratic-led state Assembly to continue investigating the range of controversies that have dogged Cuomo.

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Former Gov. Paterson weighs in on Cuomo's fall, Hochul's rise

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

When David Paterson became governor in 2008, he had little warning. The news flash Eliot Spitzer had been linked to a prostitution ring seemed too surreal to even comprehend.

Days later, Paterson was elevated to the job. And then he had to put a state budget together.

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Lawmakers mull further consequences for Cuomo

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Andrew Cuomo won't be governor of New York in 13 days, resigning amid a movement in the state Assembly to impeach him as a foregone conclusion.

But even as Cuomo is stepping down amid a wave of controversy surrounding sexual harassment allegations, some lawmakers are considering further consequences for impeached governors in New York.

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Progressives contemplate post-Cuomo politics

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Every four years since 2010, there has been a melodrama over whether Andrew Cuomo would take the ballot line of the progressive Working Families Party.

Every year, Cuomo ultimately would run with the WFP's ballot line. But now, after Cuomo had backed legislation seen as threatening the very existence of the party on the ballot, Cuomo's name won't be in front of votes next year.

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Analysis: Dynastic dreams of a Cuomo fourth term dashed, once again

BY Luke Parsnow New York State

After leaving behind a possible bid for the U.S. presidency, Mario Cuomo tried instead for another feat — a fourth four-year term as governor of New York — a hurdle only Nelson Rockefeller has been able to cross in the state’s history.

But Cuomo could not survive the "Republican Revolution" election year of 1994, losing to Republican George Pataki, who would go on himself to serve three full terms.

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Stewart-Cousins backs further investigating Cuomo

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Investigations by state lawmakers into the controversies facing Gov. Andrew Cuomo over the last several months should continue, Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said Tuesday.

"I'm interested, as I'm sure many people are, in knowing what else the governor could be held accountable for and we should be able to get some further indication what else the governor could face in the upcoming days," Stewart-Cousins said in a Capital Tonight interview.

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Analysis: Cuomo departs, insisting he did nothing wrong

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

In the summer of 2002, Andrew Cuomo knew he was going down in defeat. His campaign for governor was sputtering, hobbled by a gaffe about Gov. George Pataki and the Sept. 11 attacks, at odds with nearly all of the Democratic establishment that was backing his rival, Carl McCall.

Dropping out of the race before the primary votes were cast, Cuomo blamed his campaign advisors for leading him astray and sinking the campaign — a claim that stretched credulity at the time, given his top advisor is often himself.

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DeFrancisco recounts his battles with Cuomo in state government

BY Lacey Leonardi Onondaga County

Former New York State Senator and Deputy Majority Leader John DeFrancisco had been an open critic of Governor Andrew Cuomo when they served together, and wrote about some of it in his book.

DeFrancisco says Cuomo’s management style gave him pause as he watched him in office for over eight years.

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More than one dark cloud hangs over Gov. Cuomo's head

BY Andrew Freeman Rochester

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Though Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced he will resign in the wake of a report from the state attorney general that detailed allegations of sexual harassment by 11 women against him, it isn’t the only scandal he is facing.

Democratic State Assembly member Harry Bronson says, undeniably, a lot of good things came from the Cuomo administration.

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New York officials seek to turn the page on Cuomo

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

For those who have worked in and around state government, the reputation of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office proceeds itself.

"Tough" are the words Cuomo has preferred to use to describe his approach and the culture he's inculcated with his staff. Those who have dealt with him and his senior aides have used other words, like "toxic" and "bullying."

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Former Lieutenant Governor Duffy speaks out on Cuomo's resignation

BY Rachel Niemi New York State

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Former Lieutenant Governor Bob Duffy shared his thoughts on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s resignation, standing by his comments that he was unware of the behavior happening in the governor’s office.

Duffy worked as lieutenant governor during Cuomo's first term.

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Political scientist calls Cuomo resignation a 'spectacular downfall'

BY Andy Young Buffalo
UPDATED 4:24 PM ET Aug. 10, 2021

BUFFALO, N.Y. — University at Buffalo political science professor Shawn Donahue wasn't surprised that Governor Andrew Cuomo is leaving office, but he was surprised by the timing of the announcement of his resignation, a week after the state attorney general's report alleging Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women.

"It seemed like one of his strategies may have been to try to drag out the process as long as possible to possibly see if something would happen where he could maybe remain in power,” he said. “But I think the handwriting was on the wall for him.”

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A history of New York governors leaving office

BY Spectrum News Staff New York State

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is the latest, but certainly not the first, New York governor to leave office early.

There have been eight governors before Cuomo who left office early - six of them resigning to take another office, one who left following allegations of misconduct, and another removed from office.

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Live Blog: Cuomo attorney offers apology to state trooper

BY Spectrum News Staff New York State
UPDATED 7:55 AM ET Aug. 10, 2021

By Morgan McKay

After months of investigating sexual harassment allegations by several women against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, state Attorney General Letitia James announced Tuesday morning that her office has concluded that the governor "sexually harassed multiple women" and violated federal and state law.

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Analysis: Why lawmakers are charting deliberate impeachment path

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Assemblyman Charles Lavine, the top Democrat leading the impeachment investigation of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, insisted on Monday he wants to get the procedure right.

He repeatedly pointed to a rather unwieldly word -- "malversation" -- to explain the approach lawmakers on the Assembly Judiciary Committee are taking.

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Cuomo attorney offers apology to state trooper

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

An attorney for Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday offered an apology to the state trooper the governor is accused of having touched inappropriately, an allegation that is among the new claims in a report released last week.

“With respect to trooper number one, he wants to apologize to her,” Cuomo attorney Rita Glavin said in a CNN interview. “He has tremendous respect for her and he never in any way, shape, or form meant to make her feel as if he was touching her in a sexual way.”

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Cuomo yet to address trooper allegation

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

An attorney for Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said the governor himself will address the sexual harrassment allegation by a member of his State Police security "very, very soon."

The state trooper is one of the 11 women who has accused Cuomo of sexual harassment. A report released last week by investigators hired by Attorney General Letitia James deemed the allegations credible.

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Analysis: Is Cuomo's exit inevitable?

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

The report landed like a bombshell in the halls of the state Capitol. The sexual harassment allegations leveled against a powerful and feared politician had been corroborated. Support that he had built up over decades began to melt away. There were calls for him to resign and, if he didn't, for the state Legislature to take action.

"As I said yesterday, there should be a zero tolerance policy when it comes to sexual harassment and we must now send a clear message that this behavior is not tolerated," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in 2013. "Vito Lopez should not spend another day in office, let alone a whole month. He should resign effective immediately and if he does not, he must be expelled."

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Hochul moves into spotlight as scandal roils Cuomo’s reign

BY Associated Press City of Buffalo

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — As New York’s lieutenant governor, Kathy Hochul has spent years on the road as the friendly face of the administration, visiting the far-flung coffee shops and factory floors of each of the state’s 62 counties for countless ribbon-cutting ceremonies and civic cheerleading events.

Now, with Gov. Andrew Cuomo facing possible impeachment over sexual harassment allegations, her next stop may be the state Capitol of Albany.

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What are the chances Cuomo stays in office? What the PredictIt.org website tells us

BY Ryan Whalen Buffalo

ALBANY, N.Y. — PredictIt.org is essentially a stock or futures market for politics. Instead of buying shares in companies, people are able to buy shares in the outcomes of political events with prices driven by how many people are buying and selling.

"The science tells us that when we combine lots of different opinions, you know this as the wisdom of the crowd," said Andreas Katsouris, PredictIt director of strategy. "When we combine lots of different opinions on the future together, we end up with pretty accurate forecasts."

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Albany contemplates life without Cuomo

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

The sexual harassment scandal engulfing Gov. Andrew Cuomo is forcing lawmakers and advocates to contemplate what for many still seems a bit mind bending: Albany without Cuomo in the governor's office.

Cuomo is the nation's longest serving governor and for the last 10 years has assertively wielded power as New York's chief executive, which already has inherently robust powers. But as Cuomo faces calls for his resignation and is staring down the increasing likelihood he will be impeached, some Democrats are considering a post-Cuomo world.

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Kathy Hochul allies say she's very prepared to be governor

BY Ryan Whalen Buffalo

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Some Republicans in New York have questioned whether Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul is prepared to take over for Gov. Andrew Cuomo should he resign or be impeached and removed by the Legislature after the attorney general's report on sexual harassment allegations.

Former Erie County Democratic Committee Chairman Len Lenihan thinks the answer is simple.

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New York Democratic Party chair: Cuomo thinks he got a raw deal

BY Susan Arbetter New York State

When Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s handpicked state Democratic Party chairman called on him to resign on Wednesday, it was a clear signal to many that the three-term governor had lost his core political support system. Jay Jacobs, who also chairs the Nassau County Democrats, has been one of Cuomo’s most enthusiastic supporters and allies. Until Tuesday, he had always, at least publicly, fully supported the governor.

When asked why he think the governor won’t resign, Jacobs told Capital Tonight that Cuomo thinks he has a shot if he fights.

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New York House Republicans call for documents in civil nursing home inquiry

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

The Republican members of New York's House delegation on Wednesday called on U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland to release records that had been part of the Justice Department's civil rights inquiry into publicly run nursing homes in the state.

The request for documents comes after the Department of Justice signaled it would not pursue an investigation under the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act stemming from the deaths of nursing home residents in New York and other states.

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Will Cuomo face criminal charges? It may be difficult

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

In 2019, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into a law a new measure that strengthens New York's sexual harassment laws by lowering the threshold for civil claims.

Investigators in a report released this week determined that was one of several laws Cuomo has broken. Employment attorney Kevin Mintzer called the report's findings a textbook example of sexual harassment.

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Cuomo’s own American crisis

BY Susan Arbetter New York State

In the hours since the release of New York Attorney General Letitia James' damning report on the sexual harassment allegations against Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the governor has loomed large in state and national news cycles, but has otherwise not been seen or heard.

The one exception was his appearance in a pre-produced, scripted video statement that did little to illuminate his side of the allegations against him.

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Banner flying over Capitol in Albany urges Gov. Cuomo's removal

BY Jaclyn Cangro City of Albany
UPDATED 4:05 PM ET Aug. 04, 2021

Numerous organizations are calling for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to resign after a report from the attorney general says he sexually harassed several women.

The national organization UltraViolet expressed its feelings, not in a traditional press release, but with an overhead message flown by a plane that was directed at state lawmakers.

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Rochester area leaders speak out in wake of AG's Cuomo report

BY Spectrum News Staff Rochester
UPDATED 3:23 PM ET Aug. 04, 2021

After months of investigating sexual harassment allegations by several women against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, state Attorney General Letitia James announced Tuesday morning that her office has concluded that the governor "sexually harassed multiple women" and violated federal and state law.

James released those findings following a four-month probe into allegations against the governor from current and former state employees, as well as other women outside of state government.

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What comes next for Cuomo? Questions remain

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

The 168-page report released Tuesday by Attorney General Letitia James's office detailed the allegations of 11 women who have accused Gov. Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment, unwanted touching and misconduct.

The report concluded the claims of the women are credible and that Cuomo broke state and federal law. It provides clarity after months of allegations and calls for Cuomo to step down by members of his own party. But there are still questions remaining for the governor and Albany. Here are three of them.

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Analysis: Cuomo finds himself politically isolated in New York

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

For months as he faced allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct, Gov. Andrew Cuomo kept a base of support together in New York.

It was a firewall made sturdy from 10 years of holding power as governor -- an inherently powerful position to begin with, made all the more powerful by a governor with an ability to find and use leverage to get what he wants. Cuomo on Tuesday began to see that wall crumble, however, as the findings of an investigation by Attorney General Letitia James' office were unspooled into public view.

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The role the AG's report plays in ending sexual harassment in Albany

BY Susan Arbetter City of Albany

Two advocates for stronger laws against sexual harassment joined Capital Tonight to discuss the blockbuster report released on Tuesday by Attorney General Letitia James that concluded Gov. Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women.

Erica Vladimer, a co-founder of the Sexual Harassment Working Group (SHWG) told Capital Tonight that she was not surprised by anything that emerged from the report, or the over 170 witness statements detailed in it.

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How NY AG's investigation into Cuomo could assist impeachment investigators

BY Morgan McKay City of Albany

The New York state attorney general’s investigation into the sexual harassment allegations against Governor Andrew Cuomo could be in its final stages, despite contract extensions being drawn up for investigators.

Sources tell The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times that the attorney general’s investigation could be wrapped up before the end of the summer.

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NY AG's office to extend Cuomo investigators' contracts to December

BY Morgan McKay City of Albany

The New York Attorney General’s office will be extending its contracts with two outside firms investigating sexual harassment allegations against Gov. Andrew Cuomo until late December, according to several sources familiar with the matter.

The contracts for the firms were originally set to expire on September 6, but final documentation is being drawn up to extend the agreement, sources say.

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Cuomo again questions integrity of AG's sexual harassment investigation

BY Morgan McKay New York State

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday continued to question the integrity of Attorney General Letitia James’ investigation into the numerous sexual harassment allegations that have been lodged against him.

“I have concerns as to the independence of the reviewers,” Cuomo said at a press conference. “That's what I've said. And is this all happening in a political system? Yes, that is undeniable.”

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Cuomo says nursing home probe was political and 'cruel'

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

The civil rights inquiry into publicly run nursing homes in New York and other Democratic-led states in the country was a politically motivated exercise that was part of the "political hyperbole," Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday charged.

The Department of Justice on Friday in a letter to Republican Rep. Steve Scalise indicated it had dropped the civil rights inquiry after officials last year requested nursing home data from several states, including New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Michigan.

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Cuomo announces 'streamlined' process for rent relief

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

A new application process for the state's rent relief program will relax documentation requirements for tenants and landlords in New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday.

The state has also set the goal of being current for all pending verified applications by the end of August, when New York's moratorium on pandemic-related evictions is set to expire.

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Heastie urges patience for Assembly's Cuomo impeachment investigation

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

The New York state Assembly's impeachment investigation into multiple controversies dogging Gov. Andrew Cuomo this year should be given the same level patience and "deference" afforded to separate probes facing the administration, Speaker Carl Heastie on Friday said.

The Assembly's impeachment inquiry, being conducted by the chamber's Judiciary Committee, is one of several investigations facing the governor this year, but one that could ultimately determine whether he concludes his third term next year.

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Cuomo administration lawyer calls lawmaker's warning about criticizing AG 'unreasonable'

BY Ryan Whalen New York State
UPDATED 7:18 PM ET Jul. 22, 2021

ALBANY, N.Y. — The head of the New York Assembly Judiciary Committee, Charles Lavine, warned Gov. Andrew Cuomo in a letter Wednesday that a tweet by spokesperson Rich Azzopardi suggesting Attorney General Tish James may be looking to run against the governor and undermine her investigation into his office could amount to witness suppression.

Here’s the full letter from Assemblyman Lavine re: public comments on AG James by Gov. Cuomo’s communications director pic.twitter.com/IAQQEwO7dQ

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Top lawmaker in Cuomo impeachment investigation warns against criticizing Attorney General James

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

The top lawmaker overseeing the New York Assembly's impeachment investigation of Gov. Andrew Cuomo in a letter Wednesday warned against criticizing Attorney General Letitia James' separate probe of sexual harassment and misconduct allegations, and that doing so could have "severe repercussions" for the governor.

The letter comes after multiple instances of a top communications adviser to Cuomo has publicly suggested James' investigation is politically motivated and that she intends to run for governor herself in 2022, though James has given no public indication that she plans to do so.

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Could Cuomo sexual harassment investigation be entering final stages?

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, facing allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct, has wanted to tell his side of the story.

On Saturday, he was expected to get a chance to do so and meet with investigators, although no confirmation was given by representatives for Cuomo or the attorney general’s office.

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Sources: Cuomo to be interviewed in sexual harassment investigation

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany
UPDATED 6:09 PM ET Jul. 15, 2021

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Saturday will be interviewed by investigators who are probing allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct leveled against him by multiple women, sources tell Spectrum News.

The interview, to be conducted in Albany, and first reported by The New York Times, comes after officials in the administration have also been questioned by investigators Joon Kim and Anne Clark in recent weeks.

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Book claims Trump feared a Cuomo presidential run

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Last year, as the COVID-19 pandemic spread across the country and upended the race for the White House, then-President Donald Trump received word national Democrats wanted Joe Biden weakened enough so they could replace him with Gov. Andrew Cuomo on the presidential ticket.

Trump's source, according to journalist Michael Wolff's forthcoming book "Landslide," was Fox News personality Sean Hannity.

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Siena poll: New Yorkers mixed on Cuomo's political future

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

A plurality of New York voters believe the state Assembly should not impeach Gov. Andrew Cuomo, while 35% would support an effort to remove him from office amid a range of controversies facing him this year, a Siena College poll released on Thursday found.

At the same time, New York voters are mixed when presented with the options for Cuomo's political future. Most want Cuomo to remain in office and finish his term, but the strongest preference is for him to not seek another four years for the post he's held for the last decade.

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Labor and business leaders attend Cuomo fundraiser

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

Prominent leaders in the labor movement, business community and politics on Tuesday attended Gov. Andrew Cuomo's $10,000-a-ticket fundraiser in New York City as he faces multiple controversies and calls for his resignation from elected officials in New York.

The crowd at the fundraiser included more than 170 people, according to a person familiar with the event -- underscoring the institutional support Cuomo continues to draw from longtime supporters as he has given every indication he will run for a fourth term in 2022.

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GOP questions private infrastructure meeting with Democrats at Governor's Mansion

BY Ryan Whalen Buffalo

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Every Democrat in the state Legislature's Western New York delegation ate dinner at the Governor's Mansion on June 1 and discussed priority projects should the state get an expected major influx of federal money.

According to a Buffalo News report, attention apparently shifted away from long-standing conversations to tear down the Buffalo Skyway as legislators expressed more interest in other projects, including transforming sections of the Kensington and Scajaquada expressways.

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As New York reopens, Cuomo focuses on what's next

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

New York's economy ground to a virtual halt in the last year. And for working class New Yorkers, the COVID-19 recession hit them especially hard. Tourism and hospitality work dried up. Construction jobs evaporated.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced the lifting of New York's final pandemic-related restrictions as 70% of New York adults have received at least one shot of a COVID vaccine. And Cuomo framed the day as a look-ahead for what's next in New York's economy.

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Bill banning coal tar-based sealants heads to Cuomo's desk

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

State lawmakers this month advanced a bill that would enact a statewide ban on the use of coal tar-based sealant products commonly used for driveways and parking lots.

At issue is the chemcials found in the sealcoats, including concentrations of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons that are considered toxic to aquatic life and lawmakers say are cancer-linked.

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NY lawmakers look to a potential impeachment future

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

State lawmakers will conclude the 2021 legislative session on Thursday with a lot of the same questions most of state Capitol's denizens have been asking for the last several weeks.

When will Attorney General Letitia James release her report on the investigation into allegations of sexual harassment leveled against Governor Cuomo? What direction will the federal government's investigation into nursing home deaths take? Will the governor face impeachment?

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Legislature to set aside funding for potential Cuomo impeachment

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

State lawmakers in the final days of the scheduled legislative session are set to approve funding for a potential impeachment proceeding against Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The top leaders in the state Senate and Assembly on Saturday quietly introduced a bill that would allow lawmakers to dip into a $156.9 million fund used to pay for lawsuits against the state to help cover costs associated with an impeachment proceeding.

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Assembly impeachment investigation into Cuomo moving slowly

BY Morgan McKay City of Albany

The impeachment investigation into Governor Andrew Cuomo is proceeding, but investigators are in no rush.

The Assembly Judiciary Committee provided its third update on where things stand with the investigation, which was launched almost three months ago.

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Cuomo calls state watchdog ethics panel JCOPE 'meaningless'

BY Morgan McKay New York State

Gov. Andrew Cuomo called the state’s watchdog ethics panel “meaningless” on Wednesday, following an attempt by the State Senate to pass legislation overhauling the agency.

The Joint Commission on Public Ethics, or JCOPE, was created by Cuomo in his first term in office but has long been criticized by both sides of the aisle for its lack of transparency and its close ties to the governor.

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State Senate moves to strengthen sexual harassment laws

BY Morgan McKay City of Albany

As Gov. Andrew Cuomo faces down numerous sexual harassment allegations, the New York State Senate passed five bills that would strengthen protections for employees who have been sexually harassed in the workplace.

One bill would make the state and all public employers subject to the Human Rights Law. This means that if legislative or judicial staff report a violation, there will not be retaliation.

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Analysis: Is Cuomo treading water, or has he stabilized?

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

It is now five months into a year of controversy and scandal for Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York voters remain mixed on whether he should stay in office. They are largely happy with his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, but most believe he committed sexual harassment and are skeptical that he has been totally forthcoming with nursing home fatalities during the pandemic.

That's the broad strokes of the Siena College poll released Monday morning, which shows, with a 4 percentage-point margin of error thrown in, that roughly half of voters do not want him to resign.

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Siena poll: 49% of voters do not support Cuomo resignation

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany

A plurality of voters in New York do not think Gov. Andrew Cuomo should resign from office as he faces a barrage of controversies over the last five months, a Siena College poll released on Monday found.

The poll shows 49% of voters do not support the governor's resignation; 41% of those surveyed do. Last month, the same poll found 51% of do not support Cuomo's resignation; 37% at the time did.

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Cuomo calls reporter questions on book deal 'stupid and offensive'

BY Morgan McKay New York State

Gov. Andrew Cuomo pushed back against criticism on his $5.1 million book deal, calling a reporter’s questions “stupid and offensive.”

“The allegations out that you made this money on the backs of dead New Yorkers: How do you respond to that?” a reporter asked the governor during his press briefing in Buffalo.

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Tax returns show Cuomo's pandemic book deal worth $5.1 million

BY Nick Reisman City of Albany
UPDATED 8:19 PM ET May. 17, 2021

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's deal to write a book last year about the COVID-19 pandemic was worth $5.1 million, the governor's office revealed on Monday.

His 2020 tax returns made available for public inspection on Monday show Crown Publishing paid Cuomo $3.1 million last year as the first of several installments.

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