GOP mayoral candidate Sliwa urges probe of Gov. Cuomo fundraiser amid scandals

Mayoral candidate Curtis Sliwa is looking for a state probe of scandal-scarred Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s high-dollar June 29 re-election fundraiser.

Sliwa urged state Attorney General Letitia James to scrutinize who is looking up donors on Cuomo’s behalf to kick in to his re-election marketing campaign amid a number of lively investigations of the governor over his dealing with of the coronavirus pandemic and a number of other sexual harassment allegation from ladies, some of whom labored for the governor.

Sliwa additionally stated the AG ought to have a look at what urgent legislative, finances and regulatory points that Cuomo’s donor lobbyists and their purchasers — together with company honchos, not-for-profit entities and labor unions —have earlier than his workplace.

The Cuomo marketing campaign is asking donors to kick in a minimum of $10,000 or $15,000 per couple for the NYC occasion.

“This is the ultimate pay to play. This is the height of chutzpah,” Sliwa stated.

Sliwa known as the fundraiser an “extreme situation” given Cuomo’s a number of probes and his desperation to seem politically sturdy and related.

“This is a Cuomo litmus test. Are you for me? Do you have my back? Are you with us or against us,” Sliwa stated.

Governor Andrew Cuomo fundraising invitation, scheduled for June 29th.
The Cuomo marketing campaign is asking donors to kick in a minimum of $10,000 or $15,000 per couple for the occasion.

It is believed to be the three-term Cuomo’s first high-dollar fundraiser since facing a blizzard of probes of his actions. The Cuomo marketing campaign had $16.8 million money available as of January.

The state Assembly Judiciary Committee is conducting an impeachment inquiry into accusations that Cuomo hid the true quantity of COVID nursing house resident deaths, gave relations and associates precedence entry to COVID exams throughout the early days of the pandemic, used staffers and different authorities sources to assist write his $5.2 million memoir on the pandemic, and claims that he sexually harassed feminine or former feminine staffers.

Curtis Sliwa holds a sign for Gov. Cuomo's pricy fundraiser on Wednesday.
Curtis Sliwa holds an indication for Gov. Cuomo’s pricy fundraiser on Wednesday.
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James has launched her own investigation into the sexual harassment claims and the circumstances surrounding the Cuomo e-book.

Meanwhile, the Brooklyn U.S. Attorney’s Office and the FBI are investigating crew Cuomo’s alleged underreporting of COVID nursing house deaths, launched after The Post exclusively reported {that a} high Cuomo aide admitted to hiding the whole information from state lawmakers for months out of concern the data could be “used against us” by federal prosecutors within the Trump Justice Department.

Vivian Zayas, co-founder of VoicesForSeniors, whose mother, nursing house resident Ana Martinez, died from COVID final 12 months, blasted the Cuomo fundraiser.

“The audacity that he has. Cuomo is shameless and arrogant,” Zayas stated.

“He’s holding a fundraiser on the backs of dead people. It’s outrageous. We’d like to know where the fundraiser is so we can go to protest,” she stated.

Cuomo has denied any wrongdoing.

Team Cuomo sought to belittle Sliwa’s name for a fundraising probe.

“I don’t comment on sad bids for attention. This used car salesman should go back to yelling at squeegee guys in front of the cameras,” stated Cuomo spokesman Richard Azzopardi.

James’ workplace declined remark.

But Democratic Party insiders are privately discussing what Republican Sliwa, founder of the Guardian Angels, is saying publicly.

Nearly your complete New York Democratic congressional delegation — together with highly effective US Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand — have known as for Cuomo to resign amid the scandals, claiming he can not successfully govern.

One Albany insider stated the Cuomo fundraiser is a “test” about his viability. Cuomo could be searching for a fourth-term subsequent 12 months if he runs.

“People close to him tell me he’s running again. He thinks he’s survived the worst of the scandals,” the supply stated.

But a Democratic Party official, who requested anonymity, stated even Cuomo can’t survive the a number of investigation and is merely shopping for time to “freeze the field” of potential Democratic opponents.

“It’s kind of pathetic that he’s relying on lobbyists and businesses he regulated to bankroll his campaigns,” the occasion supply stated.

“The attorney general’s report will not exonerate him.”

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