Gov. Cuomo has given tens of millions in campaign cash over time to an extended listing of New York lawmakers — they usually all face a decision now on whether or not to give it again.
A lot of Cuomo’s largest beneficiaries are actually calling on him to resign or step apart pending the outcomes of investigations over a number of allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct — however to date none have publicly stated they’ll hand over cash that got here in by way of an accused intercourse harasser.
Cuomo cash was notably integral to getting state senators elected in 2018 to set up complete Democratic management of the chamber and one-party rule in Albany.
Two Lengthy Island Democrats, state Sens. Todd Kaminsky and Jim Gaughran, led the pack, every taking $22,000 from Cuomo’s campaign committee over time. Two different Lengthy Islanders, state Sens. John Brooks and Anna Kaplan, each took $11,000. State Sen. Andrew S. Gounardes, who represents a GOP-leaning slice of south Brooklyn, additionally obtained $11,000.
Bronx state Sen. Gustavo Rivera, who took $5,000 from Cuomo in 2014, is likely one of the solely pols to date to say thanks, however no thanks.
“The $5,000 donated to my campaign by the Governor again in 2014 might be donated to a Bronx group that gives help to victims of sexual assault,” Rivera informed The Submit. “Whereas I used to be not conscious on the time of the donation of the Governor’s abhorrent conduct and poisonous governing fashion, I consider these funds ought to go in direction of serving to victims of sexual harassment and abuse.”
Cuomo — whose present committee has greater than $16.eight million in its coffers — additionally gave Queens Sen. and Deputy Majority Chief Michael Gianaris $3,100 in 2002 and Yonkers Sen. and present Senate Majority Chief Andrea Stewart-Cousins $500 for her 2004 race, which she misplaced to GOP incumbent Nicholas Spano by 18 votes.
Cuomo’s largesse prolonged to federal lawmakers, focusing on Dems in powerful races. Rep. Antonio Delgado (Rhinebeck)— who known as on Cuomo to resign on March 12 — snagged $2,700 for his race in opposition to John Faso in 2018.
State GOP chief Nick Langworthy derided the cash as “blood cash.”
“You possibly can’t have it each methods. Democrats want to put their cash the place their mouth is and do away with these tainted funds from the corrupt, serial abuser Andrew Cuomo,” he stated.
Senate Minority chief Robert Ortt agreed: “If an elected official feels — rightfully so — that the governor ought to resign, and has known as on him to achieve this, there’s an previous saying: put your cash the place your mouth is.”
Reps for Stewart-Cousins and Gianaris didn’t remark. Reps for Kaminsky, Gaughran, Kaplan, Brooks and Gounardes didn’t reply to requests for remark.