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Cuomo’s campaign gets $568K from billionaires while opposing wealth tax

Cuomo’s campaign gets $568K from billionaires while opposing wealth tax

ALBANY — Deep-pocketed donors flooded New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s campaign coffers with cash in recent months as the state’s top Democrat repeatedly dismissed calls to increase taxes on the rich. An analysis of campaign contributions shows Cuomo took in more than $568,000 from 15 billionaire supporters over the second half of 2020. Advertisement The flood of cash came as the governor voiced his opposition to raising revenue through new levies on the Empire State’s wealthiest residents, arguing elites will simply pull up roots and move elsewhere. Cuomo’s fellow Dems in the Legislature...

Mar 30
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Cuomo: Yankees, Mets can welcome fans in the stands this season

Cuomo: Yankees, Mets can welcome fans in the stands this season

ALBANY — Get ready for some peanuts and Cracker Jacks — and COVID rapid tests. A handful of baseball fans will be able to attend Opening Day and subsequent home games at both Citi Field and Yankee Stadium this season, Gov. Cuomo announced Thursday. Advertisement The governor, embroiled in a mounting sexual harassment scandal and facing an impeachment investigation, was in a jovial mood as he was joined by Mets and Yankees brass as well as pitching stars Al Leiter and CC Sabathia during a press briefing at his Manhattan office. “We’re going to play ball, and we’re going to play ball with a...

Mar 18
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Cuomo’s office notified Albany police about groping allegation, no criminal probe yet

Cuomo’s office notified Albany police about groping allegation, no criminal probe yet

ALBANY — Gov. Cuomo’s office notified Albany police about a staffer’s claim that the governor groped her during an encounter last year at the Executive Mansion after the aide declined to file a formal report. The detailed claim is the most serious allegation made against the embattled governor so far as six different women, the majority of them former aides, have reported Cuomo sexually harassed or acted inappropriately toward them. Advertisement Officials referred the matter to police, as required by state law, just hours after the published disturbing details about the alleged incident in...

Mar 11
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Another Cuomo staffer accuses governor of sexual harassment, sixth woman to come forward

Another Cuomo staffer accuses governor of sexual harassment, sixth woman to come forward

ALBANY — A sixth woman accused Gov. Cuomo of sexual harassment on Tuesday while the embattled governor again denied any wrongdoing. Cuomo said he was unaware of the latest allegation made by an aide who claims he touched her inappropriately late last year while the pair were working together at the Executive Mansion. Advertisement “As I said last week, this is very simple: I never touched any inappropriately,” the governor during an afternoon call with reporters. “As I said last week, I never made any inappropriate advances. As I said last week, no one ever told me at the time I made them...

Mar 10
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Health care groups, lobbyists padded Cuomo campaign coffers amid COVID crisis, immunity push

Health care groups, lobbyists padded Cuomo campaign coffers amid COVID crisis, immunity push

ALBANY — Health care groups and lobbyists tied to nursing homes flooded Gov. Cuomo’s campaign coffers with cash last year as the state shielded hospitals and long-term care facilities from the threat of lawsuits stemming from the coronavirus outbreak. Lawmakers and critics are raising questions about the donations and ties as the governor and his administration are embroiled in a ballooning controversy over Cuomo’s office admitting it failed to make the total death toll of nursing home residents killed by COVID public due to a federal probe. Advertisement According to campaign finance...

Feb 25
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Cuomo offers delivery option in amended adult-use cannabis proposal

Cuomo offers delivery option in amended adult-use cannabis proposal

ALBANY — New Yorkers could soon get legal weed delivered to their door. The Empire State is one step closer to approving adult use marijuana after Gov. Cuomo released an amended version of his pot proposal Tuesday that would reduce criminal penalties for illegal sales, outlines how some of the tax revenue would be spent and allows for the delivery of cannabis products. Advertisement The governor, who has been at odds with the Legislature over how the state will use tax money collected on cannabis sales, is pitching a $100 million social equity fund targeting communities disproportionately...

Feb 16
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New York repeals state’s antiquated ‘walking while trans’ ban

New York repeals state’s antiquated ‘walking while trans’ ban

ALBANY — New York repealed a vague loitering law advocates say has long been used by police to harass and target transgender people. The measure striking down what’s become known as the state’s “walking while trans” ban, a relic of the 1970s that criminalized “loitering for the purpose of prostitution” and allowed cops wide berth to make arrests based on someone’s appearance, was approved 45-16 Tuesday in the Senate and later passed the Assembly. Gov. Cuomo signed the bill into law hours after it was sent to his desk. Advertisement “This outdated and discriminatory law has led to thousands...

Feb 2
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New York Democrats finally ready to repeal ‘walking while trans’ loitering law

New York Democrats finally ready to repeal ‘walking while trans’ loitering law

ALBANY — Legislation repealing a long-criticized loitering law advocates say is used by police to harass and target transgender people is finally moving forward. Senate Democrats will bring a bill striking down New York’s law related to loitering for the purpose of prostitution, also known as the “walking while trans” law, to the committee next week. Advertisement It’s the first time the measure will advance in the upper chamber, and both the Senate and Assembly are slated to pass the long-stalled legislation the following week, the Daily News learned Thursday. “The Senate under my...

Jan 21
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Cuomo to fully embrace mobile sports betting in State of the State address

Cuomo to fully embrace mobile sports betting in State of the State address

ALBANY — Gov. Cuomo is finally willing to wager on mobile sports betting. The governor, who has long pushed back against legalizing online sports betting, will make the revenue-generating measure a central part of his policy proposals to be laid out in next week’s State of the State address. Advertisement Cuomo’s gamble, which comes as neighboring New Jersey continues to dominate the online wagering market, is one part of the governor’s efforts to lessen the financial impacts of the COVID crisis. “New York has the potential to be the largest sports wagering market in the United States, and...

Jan 6
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N.Y. Comptroller DiNapoli grants AG James power to launch probe into Cuomo COVID book

N.Y. Comptroller DiNapoli grants AG James power to launch probe into Cuomo COVID book

ALBANY — Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has formally called on Attorney General Letitia James to probe whether Gov. Cuomo misused state resources while writing and promoting his pandemic-themed book. DiNapoli penned a letter to James last week requesting a criminal investigation and referring to allegations that “public resources may have been used in the development and production of the governor’s book.” Advertisement The New York Times first on the letter on Monday. Cuomo has come under fire amid multiple reports that staffers and senior aides were enlisted to assist in writing, editing and...

Apr 19
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