Moving trucks that were spotted outside New York’s Executive Mansion three days before disgraced governor Andrew Cuomo has to move out of the Albany residence, have been seen dropping off their belongings at his sister’s house in Westchester.
Cuomo has until August 24 to move out of the property after resigning as governor earlier this month following a bombshell report by the state’s Attorney General which accused him of sexually harassing multiple women.
His sister’s house, in the town of Purchase, is owned by Maria Cole and her fashion designer husband, Kenneth Cole.
A UHaul arrived at the property first thing this morning from the back of the Governor’s Mansion while movers unloaded dollies and carts before heading into the home to collect the governor’s things
At least six workers were seen helping but Cuomo was nowhere to be seen. The truck dropped off the items at his sister’s house in Purchase, Westchester County
The home is said to be worth close to $3 million dollars and is located in Purchase, New York
His sister’s house, in the town of Purchase, is owned by Maria Cole and her fashion designer husband, Kenneth Cole
It’s only a short distance from the home he had once lived at with his ex-longtime girlfriend Sandra Lee. The pair broke up in 2019 and it was at that point Cuomo moved into the Governor’s Mansion, a 165-year-old residence.
A U-Haul arrived at the property first thing this morning from the back of the house. The driver then pulled the truck around the side of the house so that it was barely visible from the street.
Cuomo was nowhere in sight as two more pickup trucks pulled up and at least six workers were seen unloading dollies and carts from the trucks before heading inside.
His senior advisor Rich Azzopardi also kept a low profile as he loaded things into his own car from the back office by the pool.
The trucks left Albany at around 11:30am, arriving in Purchase at 2:15pm.
Although it is not yet clear where Cuomo will be living once he moves out of the mansion next week, it is clear that his sister will be storing at least some of his things, for now.
Those delivering the boxes to Cole’s home told the New York Post they had no idea who they were working for with one saying they were simply told to ‘drive to the Tappan Zee’ bridge before being given an address shortly before arriving.
The Cole’s home, said to be worth close to $3 million, is equipped with all manner of amenities including a pool and a backyard with a barn and guest house.
The UHaul arrived at the Albany property through a back entrance and was pulled around the side of the mansion so that it was barely visible from the street
The disgraced governor’s senior advisor Rich Azzopardi (pictured) was spotted moving things into his own car from the back office by the pool
The movers took about 45 minutes to pack up all of Cuomo’s things this morning
The governor appears to be the last of the Cuomos to pack up and move out. Earlier this month two of Cuomo’s three daughters – Michaela, 23, and Cara, 26 – were spotted moving their things out of the Executive Mansion.
With just days until his resignation comes into effect it’s still a mystery where Cuomo will move once the clock strikes midnight on Monday.
One of Cuomo’s rumored landing spots is at his brother Chris Cuomo’s $2.9million home in the Hamptons, where the CNN anchor famously quarantined in his basement during the early stretch of the pandemic.
Another possible destination would be with his 89-year-old mother, who owns a co-op in Manhattan on Sutton Place South, which she and her late husband purchased for $595,000 in 1995.
New York governor Andrew Cuomo’s daughter Michaela Kennedy-Cuomo (left), 23, and Cara Kennedy-Cuomo (right), 26, were spotted loading boxes of things and leaving the mansion in a black SUV late last week
Cuomo’s sister, Maria Cuomo-Cole along with her husband and fashion designer Kenneth Cole, have a number of holdings as well, with homes in Westchester County and Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts, the Post also reported.
And in 2002, economist Jeffery Sachs, reportedly let Cuomo stay at Financial District rental at 1 West Street after his divorce from Kerry Kennedy.
Cuomo moved into the Executive Mansion in 2019, where he has lived rent-free for less than two years.
Kathy Hochul is set to move in after she’s sworn in as New York’s next governor — and first female leader.
Cuomo’s last private residence was a four-bedroom, 4,129-square-foot colonial in Mount Kisco, Westchester County, which he shared with longtime girlfriend Sandra Lee from 2008 until they split up in 2019.
But the property, called Lily Pond, was in her name and she sold it December 23, 2020, for $1.85 million.
Ahead of his next move Cuomo filed for retirement with the state of New York to receive a $50,000 annual lifetime pension merely one week before he steps down over sexual harassment allegations.
Cuomo will have to be gone from the Executive Mansion (pictured) by August 24 – 14 days after he announced his resignation
When the politician finally vacates, Kathy Hochul is set to move in when she’s sworn in as New York’s next governor — and first female leader
The 63-year-old governor has accumulated 15 years of state service thanks to his 11 years as governor and four years as attorney general.
He can progressively receive more than $1 million in pension benefits if he lives another 20 years – plenty of his own cash to find a home.
Neither resignation or impeachment for alleged misconduct bars eligibility from obtaining a pension for state service.
But Cuomo’s sex scandal could prevent him from being paid the $2million advance he has yet to receive from his Covid memoir.
It’s still unclear whether the book’s publisher, Crown, will pay the remaining advance fees.
Cuomo’s fall from pandemic hero to alleged sex pest officially began in late 2020 when Lindsay Boylan accused him of sexual harassment on Twitter, claiming the governor had persistently gone after she.
She alleged he once asked her to play ‘strip poker’ with him during a flight on a taxpayer-funded jet and later gave her an unwanted kiss in his Manhattan office.
But the accusations were pushed to the side as Cuomo’s team worked to discredit her, according to State Attorney General Letitia James’s report into Cuomo’s alleged sexual harassment.
The next hit to Cuomo’s reputation was one he could not sweep under the rug so easily.
The State Attorney General’s office published a report in January revealing that Cuomo’s policy to force Covid-19 positive patients into nursing homes due to lack of hospital beds ‘may have put residents at increased risk of harm in some facilities’.
The following month, the Associated Press reported that Cuomo’s administration undercounted the loss of life at New York’s nursing homes due to Covid by 50 per cent. Despite that, Cuomo contends he made the right call and his decision saved more lives than it cost by freeing up desperately needed hospital beds.
A top aide to the governor, Melissa DeRosa, tried to explain the administration’s delays in releasing data on deaths by saying officials ‘froze’ over worries the information was ‘going to be used against us’ by Trump’s Justice Department.
Cuomo and his administration are still being investigated by federal prosecutors and the FBI over this issue.
In February Charlotte Bennett, a former aide, came forward and revealed that Cuomo had asked her to have a sexual relationship with him.
Later, Anna Ruch, a third accuser, told her story of Cuomo forcing a kiss on her when she was attending the wedding of a friend. She claimed that when she refused his advance, the governor allegedly called her ‘aggressive,’ and used both his hands to force a kiss on her.
The report, which was published on August 3, revealed that Cuomo had sexually harassed a total of 11 women.
Cuomo maintains his innocence and an investigation is ongoing.
The ELEVEN women from NY Attorney General’s sex-pest report on Cuomo
State Trooper #1
Cuomo is accused of sexually harassed a state trooper, referred to in the report as Trooper #1, who he hired onto his protective detail in 2017 – bending the three-year experience requirement.
Although she had only completed two years on the force, the governor reportedly wanted the unnamed trooper in his inner circle.
He is said to have asked a senior member of his security detail to add her to the team even though she did not meet the standard requirement.
‘Ha ha, they changed the minimum from 3 years to 2 just for you,’ the senior security member told the trooper in an email, which was included in the AG’s report.
Once she was on his team, he allegedly harassed her on a number of occasions, including one where he ran his hand across her stomach from her belly button to her right hip while she was holding the door open for him at an event.
‘I felt…completely violated because to me…that’s between my chest and my privates,’ the trooper said, according to Business Insider.
‘But, you know, I’m here to do a job.’
He also ran is accused ‘running his finger down her back’ while they were in an elevator together and saying ‘hey you’, and kissing her on the cheek in front of another trooper.
‘I remember just freezing, being – in the back of my head, I’m like, oh, how do I say no politely because in my head if I said no, he’s going to take it out on the detail. And now I’m on the bad list,’ the trooper said.
Cuomo also allegedly asked her to help him find a girlfriend and said he wanted someone who ‘liked pain’, and asked her why she wanted to get married, saying ‘your sex drive goes down’.
‘Trooper #1 found these interactions with the Governor not only offensive and uncomfortable, but markedly different from the way the Governor interacted with members of the PSU who were men, and she conveyed these incidents contemporaneously to colleagues,’ the report reads.
The trooper said she was afraid of being retaliated against if she were to speak out against the behavior.
The State Troopers Police Benevolent Association said in a statement on Tuesday that it was ‘dismayed and disturbed’ by the findings.
Tom Mungeer, president of the association, said: ‘I’m outraged and disgusted that one of my members, who was tasked with guarding the governor and ensuring his safety, could not enjoy the same sense of security in her work environment that he was provided.’
State Entity Employee #2
A doctor says she was sexually harassed while administering a televised COVID-19 test to Cuomo.
On May 17, 2020 Cuomo told the medic, in front of cameras ‘nice to see you doctor, you make that gown look good’.
The doctor, who appeared in full PPE gear, did not respond to his comment.
Cuomo is accused of sexually harassing the medic while she administered him a COVID-19 test in front of cameras
Cuomo allegedly made comments towards the medic that were sexual in nature. He said: ‘Nice to see you doctor, you make that gown look good’
The report also claims that before the test, Cuomo asked her not to swab him so hard that it ‘hit his brain’.
She replied that she’d be ‘gentle but accurate’ and he said ‘I’ve heard that before,’ which the doctor said was ‘implied in a sexual nature’.
The medic considered the interaction to be sexual harassment and investigators agreed.
Another unnamed ‘state entity employee’
The unidentified employee, identified in the report as ‘State Entity Employee #1,’ said she attended an event with Cuomo in September 2019.
After giving a speech, Cuomo is said to have posed for pictures with her. While the picture was being taken, he ‘grabbed her butt’.
‘The employee was shocked and discussed it with a number of friends, family and co-workers,’ the report says.
She also ‘memorialized the Governor’s inappropriate touching’ contemporaneously, but the report doesn’t say how.
‘Executive Assistant One’
Cuomo is accused of groping an executive assistant, whose identity remains anonymous, at an event last November after routinely engaging in a pattern of impropriate conduct that began in late 2019.
The report includes photos of Cuomo with a woman described as ‘executive assistant one’
The report says Cuomo repeatedly sexually harassed ‘Executive Assistant One’ when she worked for him by subjecting her to ‘close and intimate hugs’, ‘kisses on the cheeks and forehead’, ‘at least one kiss on the lips’ and ‘touching her butt’.
He allegedly referred to her and one other assistant as ‘mingle mamas’ and asked her repeatedly if she would ever cheat on her husband.
On December 31, 2019, Cuomo asked her to take a selfies of them as they worked together inside his office at the Executive Mansion.
As she held up the camera, Cuomo ‘moved his hand to grab her butt cheek and began to rub it’ for at least five seconds, the report alleges.
The assistant ‘was shaking so much during this interaction’ that the photos came out blurry — and Cuomo suggested the two sit down to take one more, the document says.
That photo, showing Cuomo smirking while he sits back on a couch with the aide, is included in the report.
The governor then allegedly told her to send the snap to another aide, Alyssa McGrath – who has also accused Cuomo of sexual harassment – and said ‘not to share the photograph with anyone else.’
The woman said she didn’t report what happened because she was terrified.
‘[T]he way he was so firm with [me] that I couldn’t show anyone else that photo, I was just terrified that if I shared what was going on that it would somehow get around,’ she told investigators.
Cuomo admitted that he and the staffer took a photo together, but said it was her idea, because ‘he does not like to take selfies.’
In November 2020, he allegedly groped her breast at the Executive Mansion in Albany.
‘For over three months, Executive Assistant #1 kept this groping incident to herself and planned to take it ‘to the grave,’ but found herself becoming emotional (in a way that was visible to her colleagues in the Executive Chamber) while watching the Governor state, at a press conference on March 3, 2021, that he had never ‘touched anyone inappropriately.’
She then confided in certain of her colleagues, who in turn reported her allegations to senior staff in the Executive Chamber, the report says.
Cuomo, in a defiant address after the report was published, presented a montage of photos of him being tactile with people such as Bill Clinton, his mother and Robert De Niro. He used the photo show to claim he was never abusive, but merely someone who frequently hugged and touched people
Cuomo, who served as secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development during the Clinton administration, is seen above planting a kiss on the cheek of former Vice President Al Gore
Cuomo’s montage included another image of him planting a kiss on his mother’s forehead
Cuomo included a photo above showing the governor grabbing a young boy’s face
The assistant was summoned to the mansion under the pretext of having to assist Cuomo with a technical issue involving his phone, the Times Union reported in March.
The two were alone together on the second floor of the residence when Cuomo allegedly closed the door, reached under the woman’s blouse and began to fondle her.
‘You’re going to get us in trouble,’ the woman said she told Cuomo, who replied, ‘I don’t care,’ according to the report.
His demeanor ‘wasn’t like ‘ha ha,’ it was like, ‘I don’t care.’ . . . It was like in this – at that moment he was sexually driven. I could tell and the way he said it, I could tell,’ the woman testified.
The governor then ‘slid his hand up her blouse, and grabbed her breast, cupping her breast over her bra,’ the report alleges.
A source familiar with the incident told the newspaper that the victim had asked Cuomo to stop.
This was allegedly the only time he touched her; all other instances involved flirtatious behavior.
Boylan, who was the first accuser to speak out publicly, said that Cuomo made inappropriate remarks to her when she worked as chief of staff to the CEO of the Empire State Development Corporation.
Boylan is seen in Washington Square Park in Manhattan on March 20 at a rally demanding Cuomo resign
Cuomo said that he found her attractive and that he wanted to play strip poker.
She also said that he physically touched her on various parts of her body, including her waist, legs, and back.
She claimed that once she reported her allegations, she was victimized by his team who ran a smear campaign against her while she ran for office.
The alleged harassment took place between 2015 and 2018.
Lindsey Boylan was the first accuser to speak out publicly against Cuomo. She says he made inappropriate comments towards her and physically touched her on various parts of her body
Bennett worked briefly for Cuomo as an aide. She was a health policy adviser in the New York governor’s administration, hired in the spring of 2019 and swiftly promoted to senior briefer and executive assistant only a few months later.
AG Letitia James says her allegations that Cuomo harassed her with a series of comments are corroborated.
Among his alleged remarks are questions about if she’d date older men, asking her help to find a girlfriend, and apparently quizzing her on a sexual assault she had endured.
Charlotte Bennett, who worked for Cuomo last year, told CBS News she felt ‘vindicated’ by the report
EXCLUSIVE: “I feel vindicated,” former Gov. Cuomo aide Charlotte Bennett tells @NorahODonnell after New York’s attorney general said she believed the women who came forward saying they had been sexually harassed by the governor. pic.twitter.com/O6Iwjndwo8
Charlotte Bennett worked briefly as a an aide for Cuomo. He allegedly asked her questions about if she’d date older men, asking her help to find a girlfriend, and apparently quizzing her on a sexual assault she had endured
One of the other comments that he made was that he wanted to ride into the mountains with women.
Bennett had a friendly relationship with Cuomo due to their mutual ties to Westchester County, and saw him as a mentor.
Charlotte Bennett made notes about her experience working with Cuomo which she gave to investigators
In an interview earlier this year, Bennett said her first awkward conversation with Cuomo occurred on May 15, 2020.
The report included text messages between Charlotte Bennett and another aide, and conversations she had with her parents where she had she had a ‘great conversation’ with the ‘Governor’, and others where she says he made her feel uncomfortable.
‘The governor invited me to lift weights with him,’ she wrote in one message. ‘He challenged me to a push-up competition’.
She had told her parents how he was surprised to learn that she lifted weights and boxed, and that he had asked her to do push-ups in the office.
In another text chain she said Cuomo ‘talked about age difference in relationships,’ calling his comments ‘explicit’.
Charlotte Bennett saw Cuomo as a mentor, but she says he was clear he wanted more
The report also included messages in which Bennett tells a confidant that she was incredibly uncomfortable following an interaction in the office. Bennett said she was ‘shaking’ and ‘so upset and so confused’.
In texts to another aide, Bennett said Cuomo repeated to her ‘over and over’ that she had been ‘raped’.
Cuomo was also recorded singing the popular 1960s love song Do You Love Me?, by the Contours, to Bennett during a phone call in 2019.
According to the New York Post, Bennett initiated the phone call saying, ‘Hi, governor. This is Charlotte’.
Cuomo allegedly answered the call with ‘Are you ready? Doo, doo, doo,’ and proceeded to ask her if she was familiar with the song.
Bennett told him the song was ‘before her time’.
Cuomo allegedly continued singing, ‘Do you love me? Do you really love me? Do you love me? Do you care?’
Virginia Limmiatis worked for National Grid and was wearing a t-shirt with the company’s name written across her chest when she says she met Cuomo.
Virginia Limmiatis worked for the National Grid when Cuomo allegedly groped her
He ran his ‘two fingers across her chest, pressing down on each of the letters as he did so and reading out the name of the company as he went’.
The report says he then ‘leaned in, with his face close to her cheek, and said ‘I’m going to say I see a spider on your shoulder’ before brushing the area between her shoulder and her breasts’.
‘Ms. Limmiatis came forward in this investigation after she heard the governor state, during the March 3, 2021 press conference, that he had never touched anyone inappropriately.
‘As Ms. Limmiatis testified to us, ‘He is lying again. He touched me inappropriately. I am compelled to come forward to tell the truth… I didn’t know how to report what he did to me at the time and was burdened by shame, but not coming forward now would make me complicit in his lie, and I won’t do it.”
McGrath, 35, was the first current employee to accuse Cuomo, and works as an executive assistant.
‘In his interactions with another executive assistant, Alyssa McGrath, the Governor made inappropriate comments and engaged in harassing conduct, including: regularly asking about her personal life, including her marital status and divorce; asking whether Ms. McGrath would tell on Executive Assistant #1 if she were to cheat on her husband – and whether Ms. McGrath herself planned to ‘mingle’ with men’.
She also claimed he looked down her shirt to compliment her on her necklace, told her that she’s beautiful in Italian and kissed her on the forehead during an office Christmas party in 2019.
Alyssa McGrath was quizzed by Cuomo about her marital status and divorce and kissed on the forehead by Cuomo at an office Christmas party
Her attorney, Mariann Wang, said on Tuesday that McGrath and another accuser she represents, Virginia Limmiatis, were relieved.
The two women ‘feel profoundly grateful to the AG’s team for taking this seriously and examining their reports thoroughly and carefully.’
Wang continued: ‘Cuomo’s misogyny and abuse cannot be denied. He has been doing this for years, without any repercussions.
‘He should not be in charge of our government and should not be in any position of power over anyone else.’
Kaitlin – whose second name is not public – met the governor in 2016 at a fundraising event where they were photographed together in a dance pose.
Afterwards, she was hired by him in a junior position but given a salary of $120,000 – a figure so high she says it was laughed at in her interview.
Liss, 35, worked in the Executive Chamber between 2013 and 2015, during which time she says the governor subjected her to sexual harassment that included being called ‘sweetheart’ and ‘darling’, and placing his hand around her lower waist.
Ana Liss (pictured) worked in the Executive Chamber between 2013 and 2015, during which time she says the governor subjected her to sexual harassment that included being called ‘sweetheart’ and ‘darling’, and placing his hand around her lower waist
He also kissed her hands and cheek, she said.
Despite feeling uncomfortable, she says she did not report them because ‘for whatever reason, in his office the rules were different.’
She added: ‘It was just, you should view it as a compliment if the Governor finds you aesthetically pleasing enough, if he finds you interesting enough to ask questions like that.
‘And so even though it was strange and uncomfortable and technically not permissible in a typical workplace environment, I was in this mindset that it was the twilight zone and…the typical rules did not apply.’
Ruch was a guest at a wedding, as was the governor, in 2019 when she says he put his hands on a section of her back that was exposed by a cut-out in her dress.
She grabbed his wrist to move it away and he responded by saying ‘wow, you’re aggressive,’ according to the report.
Cuomo then grabbed her face with both of his hands and said ‘can I kiss you?’
He was pictured kissing her cheek.
Anna Ruch was a guest at a wedding, as was Cuomo, in 2019. She says he put his hands on a section of her back that was exposed by a cut-out in her dress
Karen Hinton, 62, spoke to the Washington Post about an incident in which Cuomo summoned her to his ‘dimly lit’ hotel room and embraced her after a work event in 2000.
She was not among the 11 women on who the attorney general based her report.
Hinton said that she tried to pull away from Cuomo, but that he pulled her back and held her before she backed away and escaped the room.
Peter Ajemian, Cuomo’s director of communications, told the Post that Hinton is a ‘known antagonist of the Governor’s who is attempting to take advantage of this moment to score cheap points with made up allegations from 21 years ago’.
‘All women have the right to come forward and tell their story — however, it’s also the responsibility of the press to consider self-motivation. This is reckless,’ he added.
Karen Hinton, 62, (pictured above) claims the governor summoned her to his ‘dimly lit’ hotel room and embraced her after a work event in 2000 before she managed to escape
In response, Hinton told the Post that ‘attacking the accuser is the classic playbook of powerful men trying to protect themselves’ as she said that watching Cuomo’s apologetic press conference ‘drove me crazy’.
‘I really thought the flirt wasn’t about having sex,’ Hinton said. ‘It was about controlling the relationship.’
At the time of the alleged encounter in the hotel room, Cuomo would have been leading the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and Hinton was a consultant after moving to California.
The Post reports that Hinton and Cuomo have a contentious past and that they had a major blow up before she left the agency in 1999, remaining on as a consultant.
She had joined Cuomo in Los Angeles to promote a HUD program and later had dinner in his hotel before allegedly receiving a phone call from him stating: ‘Why don’t you come to my room and let’s catch up?’
Hinton said that she began to think it was unusual when Cuomo asked her to avoid being seen by Clarence Day, his longtime head of security, but that she continued to his room anyway.
‘I paused for a second,’ she told the Post about noticing the low lights in the room. ‘Why are the lights so low? He never keeps the lights this low.’
Hinton said they sat on opposite couches and talked about their work at HUD and that Cuomo asked her personal questions about her life and marriage – including if she would leave her husband.
She claims that she grew self-conscious after speaking so much about herself and went to leave.
‘I stand up and say, ‘It’s getting late, I need to go,’ ‘ she said, describing the embrace Cuomo gave her as ‘very long, too long, too tight, too intimate’.
‘He pulls me back for another intimate embrace,’ she said. ‘I thought at that moment it could lead to a kiss, it could lead to other things, so I just pull away again, and I leave.’
Hinton told the Post that she viewed the move as a ‘power play’ for ‘manipulation and control’ and that the pair never discussed the incident again, although they have remained in touch.
She has both publicly praised Cuomo and been critical of him, especially when working as press secretary in 2015 and 2016 for New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, with whom the governor has an intense rivalry.
The Post spoke to two people who confirmed that Hinton had told them about the hotel incident after it happened.