The federal probe into New York Gov. Cuomo’s office allegedly fudging the numbers on nursing homes in the state during the coronavirus pandemic combined with multiple sexual harassment charges reportedly stand at about $2.5 million currently. And, it’s a cost that could be paid for by taxpayers.
This is a possibility is according to an Associated Press story on Tuesday.
“Taxpayers are set to foot the bill for a $2.5 million contract for lawyers representing Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office in an ongoing federal investigation over his administration’s handling of COVID-19 data in nursing homes, the governor said Wednesday,” the Associated Press reported.
AP continued, “Legal bills are mounting as Cuomo and his administration fight back allegations that he abused his power by sexually harassing and assaulting female employees and other women, publishing his COVID-19 leadership book in violation of state ethics laws, providing priority COVID-19 tests to his family in spring 2020 and minimizing the state’s tally of COVID-19 deaths among nursing home residents.”
Gov. Cuomo responded to this issue on Wednesday, saying, “The way it works is the executive chamber has retained a counsel. And that is a state expense.”
“It has been in every investigation,” Cuomo added. “So that’s where we are now.”
According to the AP, State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s office has approved a contract with the Manhattan firm of Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello for $2.5 million.
The Hill noted on Wednesday, “Cuomo said he is not using campaign or personal funds for any of his lawyers. It is unclear how much the final price tag on all legal representation will be.”
“Cuomo is facing multiple investigations including the handling of the number of nursing home deaths during the pandemic and sexual assault allegations,” The Hill reported. “The $2.5 million contract includes attorneys only representing Cuomo in the nursing home probe.”
Partner Elkan Abramowitz will reportedly get paid over $900 an hour. Others in the firm will reportedly receive over $600 an hour.
The investigation of sexual assault allegation charges against Cuomo, that the governor made inappropriate comments and touched women inappropriately on several occasions is a separate investigation.
However, Cuomo continues to deny these allegations.
Both Democratic and Republican New York officials have called for Cuomo to resign. But, the governor continues to insist that he will not be doing so.
Frequent Cuomo critic and Fox News meteorologist Janice Dean tweeted on Wednesday, “Hi New Yorkers. Guess how much you’ll be paying for @NYGovCuomo’s lawyers in the nursing home investigation?”
“According to these documents, 2.5 million not out of the question,” Dean said.
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