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Cuomo quit even as aides and allies braced for battle

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11.08.2021

ALBANY, N.Y. — On July 14, Andrew Cuomo’s ethics officer sent an email to two dozen staff who had signaled an interest in working on the New York governor’s 2022 reelection.

“At the outset I want to stress that there is absolutely no obligation for you to volunteer, any volunteering is 100 percent your choice, and there are no consequences - positive or negative - for volunteering or not volunteering,” read the email, obtained by POLITICO from Julia Pinover Kupiec — Cuomo’s special counsel and ethics officer.

The subtext was clear: Cuomo’s campaign could not suffer additional allegations of misusing state resources for personal gain. Kupiec offered two training sessions for how, when the time came, aides could “keep any and all volunteer work strictly away from state business.” One of those happened July 26.

Two weeks later, the dream of an elusive fourth term is all but dead with Cuomo’s resignation announcement Tuesday. It was a rapid decision, announced in a live video, that took nearly everyone — except for a few senior aides who were told Monday — by surprise.

The late July campaign strategizing shows just how ready the governor was to launch an effort to claw out from months of scandal prior to Attorney General........

© Politico


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