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NY Gov. Cuomo’s legal fees for sexual misconduct allegations to reportedly be paid for by taxpayers

New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) announced earlier this month that taxpayers will pay a $2.5 million contract for lawyers representing his office in a continuing federal investigation over his mishandling of COVID-19 data in nursing homes and his sexual harassment allegations.

The Department of Justice and the Attorney General’s office both launched investigations into Gov. Cuomo’s allegations. Additionally, the assembly judiciary committee began a separate investigation into the allegations to decide if there are grounds for the state’s assembly to impeach Gov. Cuomo. According to the Associated Press, when asked if the legal fees would be covered by “campaign or personal funds,” he responded, “not at this time.”

Gov. Cuomo claimed, “The way it works is the executive chamber has retained counsel. And that is a state expense. It has been in every investigation. So that’s where we are now,” while at the Javits Convention Center. However, the Associated Press reported, “It’s unknown how much taxpayers will end up paying in all for legal costs stemming from wide-ranging allegations against Cuomo.”

The State Comptroller Thomas Dinapoli will need to review the contracts for lawyers that are paid for by the state. As of right now, DiNapoli’s office has only received and approved one contract for lawyers which is a $2.5 million contract with the Manhattan firm of Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello.

ARTICLE: GABRIELLA ANTOS
MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
PHOTO CREDITS: NEW YORK POST

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