New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks during an announcement during a press conference from the stage at Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan in New York City, New York, May 17, 2021.
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo raised more than $2 million from some of New York’s top donors despite being accused of sexual harassment by former aides.
Cuomo’s reelection campaign also paid his law firm, Glavin PLLC, more than $280,000 while under investigation by the New York State Attorney General’s office for alleged sexual misconduct. Cuomo has denied doing anything.
The two payments to the law firm came in May and June. New York Attorney General Letitia James announced in February that she would oversee the investigation into the allegations of misconduct. The New York Times reported that Cuomo is expected to be questioned by investigators on Saturday.
Even with all the controversy surrounding Cuomo, many members of the New York business community seemed to rally around him. The Democratic governor began raising the money earlier this year and is eligible for re-election in 2022. The Washington City Times previously reported on the donors who chose to pause their contributions to Cuomo after multiple scandals emerged.
A Cuomo spokesperson did not return a request for comment.
Stephen Ross, a billionaire and chairman of real estate giant Related Companies, gave Cuomo $25,000 in late June. Ross also owns the Miami Dolphins. Laurance Rockefeller Jr., a member of the ultra-wealthy Rockefeller family, gave $10,000 that same month. Cuomo staged a major fundraiser last month, and Rockefeller told the Associated Press at the time that he was staying with Cuomo.
“We have a fair trial in this country,” Rockefeller said.
Dennis Mehiel, a New York businessman and friend of President Joe Biden, gave $12,500 in June. Dennis Arfa, the CEO of Artist Group International, gave $10,000 last month. Arfa is also a longtime agent for music legend Billy Joel. Two South Westchester and Altice Cablevision companies also contributed to Cuomo’s re-election campaign in July.
Cuomo is also under investigation over other controversies, including his treatment of deaths in nursing homes during the coronavirus pandemic and a huge book deal.