Labor bosses and corporate CEOs confirmed their assist for three-term Gov. Andrew Cuomo at an expensive campaign fundraiser Tuesday night time despite ongoing investigations over sexual harassment accusations and his dealing with of the coronavirus pandemic.
The minimal $10,000 per head and $15,000 per couple occasion was held at 75 Rockefeller Plaza, a constructing managed by the RXR Realty, a agency headed by Cuomo pal Scott Rechler. It attracted greater than 170 individuals, a supply aware of the Cuomo re-election marketing campaign mentioned.
Rechler served as a Cuomo appointee to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
Related Companies CEO Jeff Blau, whose tasks embody Hudson Yards, additionally made an look at Cuomo’s first main in-person fundraiser since ending emergency edicts over the coronavirus pandemic.
Equally vital for Cuomo was the looks of a few of New York’s most influential labor leaders.
George Gresham, president of the highly effective well being care employees union — SEIU Local 1199 — launched Cuomo forward of his 20 minute speech, a supply mentioned.
Other Big Labor attendees included Mario Cilento, president of the NYS AFL-CIO;; Gary LaBarbara, head of the New York Building and Trades Council; SEIU Local 32 BJ president Kyle Bragg; Stuart Appelbaum, head of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, and Dennis Trainor and Robert Masters of the Communication Workers of America, amongst others.
Also noticed heading into or leaving the fundraiser had been public relations maven Ken Sunshine and lobbyist Charlie King, a longtime Cuomo confidante. King ran as Cuomo’s working mate throughout his failed 2002 bid for governor and served as government director of Al Sharpton’s National Action Network.
Other lobbyists and attorneys appeared — together with Robert Harding and others related to Greenberg & Traurig. Harding, whose late father, Ray Harding, as soon as headed the state Liberal Party, served as a deputy mayor for Rudy Giuliani.
City Democratic leaders waved the Cuomo flag: attendees included Brooklyn Democratic Party chairwoman and Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte, Manhattan Democratic chief Keith Wright, Staten Island Democratic chief and Assemblyman Michael Cusick, and Queens Democratic Party government director Michal Reich.
The assist for Cuomo clashes with many elected Democrats who known as for Cuomo to resign over the sexual harassment claims — amongst them US Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand.
State Attorney General Letitia James is conducting an investigation into the sexual harassment allegations present and former staffers leveled in opposition to Cuomo in addition to accusation that he misused authorities sources in drafting his $5.1 million memoir about his dealing with of the coronavirus pandemic.
The state Assembly Judiciary Committee is also conducting an impeachment probe of Cuomo over the sexual harassment claims, on whether or not he withheld data pertaining to the loss of life rely of nursing dwelling residents associated to COVID-19, in addition to the e-book deal.
The US Justice Department additionally can be taking a look at whether or not the Cuomo administration intentionally withheld correct information regarding the COVID-19 associated deaths of nursing dwelling residents, the book deal and approval of a regulation granting hospitals and nursing properties immunity from malpractice instances for mistreatment of sufferers through the pandemic.
Cuomo has denied wrongdoing
Advocates pushing for a “fair wage” for restaurant employees — a minimal wage plus ideas — rallied outdoors the Cuomo occasion.
“Gov Cuomo, end sexual harassment in restaurants now!,” the protesters chanted.
D.C.-based political marketing consultant Adam Eidinger mentioned he donated to Cuomo’s marketing campaign to offer Michael Fuquay, proprietor of the Jackson Heights restaurant Queensboro, an opportunity to talk to the governor.
“I got what 30 seconds,” mentioned Fuquay. “I told him we needed his help to help us. He has a platform where he can announce to the whole world that New York is open and we want our restaurant workers back.”
Fuquay quipped that there have been “a lot of ear whisperers” contained in the fundraiser.
“There was so much whispering going on in the ears. We don’t have that kind of relationship. This was our first time meeting him for both of us so there was no whispering,” he mentioned.
Donors mentioned they had been served little items of steak, dumplings with truffles and different finger meals.
During his speech, Cuomo thanked important employees’ response to COVID and talked up gun management, marriage equality and the profitable battle to boost the minimal wage to $15.
According to Eidinger, Cuomo additionally slammed socialism and the defund the police motion.
“[Cuomo] attacked them, straight up and said they were living in a fantasy land basically,” he mentioned.
Nursing dwelling advocates whose misplaced family members from COVID had been disgusted with Cuomo’s fundraiser.
“Can’t wait to see the donor list to Cuomo’s $10K per person fundraiser tonight. We need to know who supports a mass-murdering sexual predator and everyone else needs to know that also,” VoicesForSeniors mentioned in a tweet.
Cuomo had $16.8 million in his marketing campaign treasury as he eyes a fourth time period subsequent yr. The quantity raised from Tuesday’s fundraiser will seem in a brand new marketing campaign report due July 15.