Recent disclosures show that Gov. Cuomo used over $250K in campaign funds to pay attorney in sexual harassment case


ALBANY, NY- According to documents filed on Friday, July 16th, Governor Andrew Cuomo used campaign funds to pay nearly $285,000 in bills from the lawyer defending him against several sexual harassment allegations, despite previously stating he would use state financing to pay for his legal fees.

According to the disclosures released by New York’s Board of Elections, Cuomo’s re-election campaign, “Andrew Cuomo for New York,” gave Glavin PLLC, a New York-based law firm $111,774 on May 3d and $173,098 on June 2nd.

That same day, Cuomo told reporters that he would use taxpayer funding rather than campaign funds for his legal defense amid the New York State Assembly’s “impeachment investigation” into claims of sexual harassment against the governor.

In early June, it was estimated that Cuomo’s legal defense could cost New York taxpayers up to $2.5 million. Reportedly, New York law allows politicians to spend campaign funds on legal fees.

Both former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) and former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R-Long Island) did so before they were convicted in unrelated corruption schemes.

As the sexual harassment scandal against him gained momentum, Cuomo hired Glavin, who spoke in defense of him when the New York Times reported that a female aide had accused him of ogling her, commenting on her looks, and making suggestive remarks to her and a female colleague.

During the June 2nd news conference that followed the revelation that Cuomo sold his coronavirus memoir for $5.1 million, the three-term Democrat actually defended his decision to use taxpayer money to fund his legal bills. He said:

“The state, the way it works is the Executive Chamber has retained the counsel and that is a state expense. That has been the case in every investigation. So, that’s where we are now.”

When asked by reporters if he was paying any other lawyers out of his own pocket or with campaign cash, he responded by saying:

“Not at this time.”

Cuomo’s recent disclosures came hours after reports shared that taxpayers have already shelled out nearly $800,000 to the law firm of Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello to defend Cuomo’s handling of nursing homes during the COVID-19 crisis. 

On Thursday, July 15th, it was reported that Cuomo would be questioned by lawyers from Attorney General Letitia James’ office as part of her inquiry into claims of sexual harassment against him, which is separate from the Assembly’s impeachment investigation.

Debra Katz, the attorney for Cuomo accuser Charlotte Bennett, celebrated the fact that Cuomo will be questioned “under oath” by “seasoned investigators.” She added:

“He will not be able to deflect questions like he has at his press conference and he will not be able to play with words. Will he admit to his inappropriate behavior or will he continue his ridiculous lies and victim-blaming? Which story will he tell this time?”

Cuomo has denied all allegations of inappropriate touching, but did apologize for making women feel uncomfortable. Facing mounting pressure from within his party to resign, Cuomo, who is eligible to seek a fourth term in officer in 2022, has vowed not to step down, claiming that all allegations of impropriety against him are false.

In June he held a $10,000-per-person fundraiser, in which he raised more than $1 million toward his re-election efforts. Most of the attendees were longtime supporters of Cuomo and close allies, including administration officials. In January, Cuomo already had nearly $17 million in campaign cash.

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NY Gov. Cuomo absolutely fumes when asked if he ‘made money on the backs of dead people’ in his state

May 24th, 2021

BUFFALO, NY – During a press conference held on May 20th, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo managed to lose his cool when asked by a reporter if he would like to respond to the allegations that his book deal regarding the pandemic was tantamount to “making money on the backs of dead people.”

It is without question that Governor Cuomo’s book titled “American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic” has been a source of controversy.

Reasons for the controversy surrounding the book stem from the fact that Governor Cuomo managed to make over $5 million on a memoir themed around the coronavirus, not to mention the fact that New York was among the hardest hit in terms of fatalities and hospitalizations related to the pandemic ostensibly due to poor leadership within the state.

One reasonable point of scrutiny related to COVID-19 adversely affecting the state of New York can be traced back to Governor Cuomo’s March 25th, 2020 statewide directive that forced nursing homes to take in recovering COVID-19 patients – whether or not they remained contagious.

Taking all that into consideration, it’s understandable why there is swirling controversy regarding Governor Cuomo authoring a book pertaining to leadership lessons with respect to the pandemic.

Thus, on May 20th, Governor Cuomo was asked during a press conference held in Buffalo the following by a reporter present in relation to his over $5 million book deal:

“The allegations out that you made this money on the backs of dead New Yorkers: How do you respond to that?”

Seeming to lose its cool, Governor Cuomo responded with:

“That’s stupid; next question.”

The reporter then followed up the question with asking why the governor thought it was “stupid” that family members of those who lost loved one during the COVID-19 pandemic were reasonably incensed over his secured book deal.

Governor Cuomo responded with:

“I thought your question was stupid and offensive.”

“I wrote a book saying this is what we should learn from what has happened so far with COVID, because we’re not done and it’s going to continue. And if we don’t learn the lessons, we’re going to continue to make the same mistakes. That’s why I wrote the book.”

One of the more obvious reasons that this book being written by Governor Cuomo is a point of contention that has drawn criticism from both sides of the political aisle is the fact that it was released in October of 2020.

Considering that the book was released in October of 2020 shows that it was written during this summer of 2020 – the period in which the state of New York was showing some of the highest numbers in the nation for fatalities, hospitalizations, and infection rates regarding the pandemic.

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Back in April, we at Law Enforcement Today shared another report regarding Governor Cuomo’s fielding of media inquiries during a press conference – which in this case, he seemingly brushed off inquiries about his alleged sexual improprieties. 

Here’s that previous report. 


ALBANY, NY- On Monday, April 26th, at his first open press conference in months, Governor Andrew Cuomo fended off a barrage of questions about his mounting scandals, defiantly insisting that he has done “nothing wrong” and that some of his accusers “just want attention” and “are jealous.”

The New York Post reported that during Cuomo’s first in-person press conference with reporters since the end of November, he was bombarded with questions on whether there was any truth to the growing accusations against him involving sexual harassment, deaths in local nursing homes, and his controversial book deal. 

Cuomo was also confronted publicly about the latest accusation involving him, which was a New York Times story alleging that he used an anti-trans slur and referred to Jews as “these people and their (expletive) treehouses” during a Sukkot event. Cuomo stated:

“I never said any such things. They printed slurs and slander and you’d have to ask them why they did that.”

When asked why he thought the dozens of sources in the article that attested to alleged behavior were speaking out, he replied by saying:

“People are venial. People want attention. People are angry. People are jealous.”

The recent Times report followed months of allegations from women accusing Cuomo of inappropriate behavior. When pressed specifically on whether he had groped female staffers and otherwise sexually harassed them, Cuomo responded by saying:

“To put it very simply, no.”

However, several young former female staffers have accused Cuomo of using issues with his cell phone as a ruse to ask them for help so he can get physically close to them.

One of the female staffers claimed that the governor asked her to his Executive Mansion late in 2020 using the cell phone ploy.

She alleged that he then reached under her blouse and groped her breasts. At the recent press conference, when asked if he regretted seeking the young women’s help and inviting them to the mansion, Cuomo replied, “No.”

He added:

“I have many women who were working in state government. I’m very proud that we probably have more women in senior positions than every before. And I think that’s a good thing.”

The governor was then asked whether investigators hired by state Attorney General Letitia James’ office to probe the harassment claims might find anything at all to substantiate the claims. He fired back:

“The report can’t say anything different because I didn’t do anything wrong.”

During the press conference, his blanket defiance was in stark contrast to some of his past responses to the sexual harassment allegations against him.

In February, the governor tried to explain that the “incidents” were “misinterpreted jokes” but also added that he was “truly sorry” if he offended anyone. 

During the press conference, Cuomo also tried to battle back against allegations that he and his top aides tried to hide the true tally of coronavirus-related nursing home deaths in the state. 

His administration has been accused of for then underreporting deaths from nursing homes by excluding those who ultimately passed away in hospitals. He said that the controversy was just “more of the ugly politics at the time.”

Cuomo the blamed President Trump among others for making it a “very big issue.” He also denied allegations that he forced staffers to work on his pandemic memoir. He said:

“The people volunteered to work on the book.”

In a statement, attorney Debra Katz said:

“Today, Gov. Andrew Cuomo conducted a press conference in which he continued his effort to actively undermine the Attorney General’s independent investigation into his sexual harassment of my client, Charlotte Bennett, and numerous other women.”

She added:

“The Governor said he didn’t ‘do anything wrong,’ demonstrating a studied ignorance of both his legal obligations and a revisionist history about his own conduct.

Does he really not understand that sexually propositioning a 25-year-old staffer after making inappropriate comments of a sexual nature is illegal? Or does he continue to believe that he law does not apply to him?”


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