Disgraced Andrew Cuomo uses campaign coffers to boost Queens pol Vivian Cook

Disgraced ex-Gov. Andrew Cuomo is lastly placing his sizable marketing campaign coffers to make use of — giving a last-minute monetary enhance to a veteran New York state lawmaker dealing with a major challenger from the left on Tuesday, The Put up has realized.

Information present the scandal-scarred former governor’s marketing campaign committee on Saturday donated $4,700 to the re-election effort of Queens Assemblywoman Vivian Prepare dinner — a Democrat attempting to fend off a bid from the left-leaning Working Families Party-backed Anthony Andrews.

Prepare dinner — an 85-year-old who in Albany represents Jamaica Estates, Rochdale Village, and Springfield — embraced the Eleventh-hour financial backing delivered by Queens-born Cuomo, who resigned in August amid a sexual harassment scandal.

“In fact I welcome Andrew’s help,” she informed The Put up on Sunday. “His help is a plus. Anyone’s help is a plus.” 

“I’ve identified Andrew for a very long time. I’ve identified his father [Former Gov. Mario Cuomo], I’ve identified his mom [Matilda Cuomo]. His father was an excellent governor,” Prepare dinner mentioned.

“Andrew did a variety of good issues, too,” she added of the alleged serial sexual harasser.

Cuomo in flip praised the veteran legislator, who was first elected in 1990 to signify elements of Southeast Queens. The district’s largely black, middle-class residents made up a key a part of the ex-gov’s political base.

Andrew Cuomo
Former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has denied the allegations made in opposition to him, and regrets stepping down.
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Vivian Cook
Queens Assemblywoman Vivian Prepare dinner accepted the Eleventh-hour financial backing delivered by Cuomo.
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“Vivian Prepare dinner has spent many years combating to enhance the lives of our fellow Queens residents and has a confirmed document of delivering actual outcomes on the actual points that folks care about most,” Cuomo mentioned in an announcement Sunday. “I’m honored to name her a good friend and proud to help her.”

Andrews — a Democratic district leader in Southeast Queens who works at York School — declined to touch upon Cuomo’s marketing campaign contribution within the ultimate stage of the race.

The 64-year-old Democrat is persona non grata amongst many members of his personal social gathering. Throughout a current Democratic gubernatorial major debate, solely US Rep. Tom Suozzi of Lengthy Island mentioned he would settle for Cuomo’s endorsement, whereas Gov. Kathy Hochul and Public Advocate Jumaane Williams indicated they’d not.

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Dr. Anthony Andrews is left-leaning and backed by the Working Households Occasion.
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The Democratic and Republican major contests for New York state Meeting seats — in addition to governor and lieutenant governor — are set for Tuesday, whereas US Home and state Senate ones are slated for Aug. 23.

Cuomo — who resigned in shame every week after a state legal professional basic probe discovered he allegedly sexually harassed a number of girls, together with staffers — has opted to not try a comeback with a run for elected workplace in 2022.

Whereas a January submitting with the state Board of Elections confirmed his marketing campaign account “Andrew Cuomo for New York” with greater than $16 million in money at its disposal, the ex-gov had not donated to any contenders within the 2022 contests earlier than Saturday’s contribution to “Buddies Of Vivian E. Prepare dinner,” in keeping with BOE data and a rep.

Prepare dinner was amongst 22 state lawmakers who in spring 2021 signed a letter urging individuals to attend till state Lawyer Normal Letitia James accomplished her investigation to type their opinions on the sexual-harassment claims made in opposition to the then-governor.

Cuomo has repeatedly denied the allegations made in opposition to him, and has expressed remorse for stepping down underneath risk of impeachment. 

Nonetheless, April and Might deadlines for candidates to get on the poll within the main social gathering primaries and basic election handed with out the ex-chief govt submitting poll petitions.

Cuomo’s alternative to not problem Hochul, his former No. 2, got here after he aired a number of TV commercials, dined with Mayor Eric Adams twice, met with a former union chief, spoke at a number of church buildings in non-white elements of the state and repeatedly refused to rule out a resurgence.

The previous governor and his household have decades-long political and group roots in Queens. His Italian-born grandfather, Andrea Cuomo, ran a retailer in South Jamaica, and his Briarwood-born dad began his profession as an area activist and lawyer within the borough.

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