Wednesday, January 19, 2011
As he prepares to wrestle against legislators and organized labor to control the state's $11 billion deficit, Governor Andrew Cuomo is arming himself with money.
Over the past month and a half, Mr. Cuomo raised $217,625.79, nearly four times as much as his predecessor, Democrat Eliot Spitzer, according to research by a government watchdog group. After spending nearly a million dollars between late November and mid-January, Mr. Cuomo has $4.17 million left on hand in his campaign account.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
By Azi Paybarah
Last month, after his landslide victory in the governor's race, Andrew Cuomo's campaign gave tens of thousands of dollars to top campaign operatives.
On December 8, the following checks were cut:
$90,000 to Joe Percoco.
$80,000 to Drew Zambelli.
$50,000 Benjamin Lawsky.
All three now work for the administration.
A Cuomo campaign spokeswoman said the payouts were bonuses.