Ex-Gov Cuomo Still Taking Paycheck from Taxpayer despite Leaving Office in Disgrace
He will also receive a 1.4 percent cost of living increase every year
Former New York Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo is continuing to receive his taxpayer-funded paycheck from the State of New York despite resigning following a series of scandals relating to sexual assault allegations.
Cuomo received his first pension check last month, which was more than $4200, according to The Niagara Gazette.
Cuomo’s benefits amount to over $50,000 a year.
He will also receive a 1.4 percent cost of living increase every year.
A spokesman for the New York State Comptroller told Fox News:
“Andrew M. Cuomo’s gross monthly retirement benefit with the New York State and Local Retirement System has been finalized and is $4,219.11,” the spokesman said.
“He received his first pension payment in October of 2021.”
Under New York Law, Government officials “convicted of a felony related to their public service may have their retirement benefits reduced or revoked,” according to the Comptroller’s website.
The District Attorney of State Attorney General must file a separate petition seeking forfeiture of state benefits after the initial conviction.
The comptroller's office must also verify that the individual is eligible for retirement benefits only then can it go to trial.
If the trial court orders the benefits to be revoked, the attorney must then serve the order to the Retirement System.
Cuomo has not been charged with any crimes.
Last Monday, the New York State Assembly released the final report of Cuomo's impeachment investigation.
The Daily Wire reported:
The report found substantial evidence that Cuomo committed sexual harassment against multiple women, unethically used Executive Chamber employees and resources to write and publish his book on New York’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and was “not fully transparent” regarding nursing home deaths from COVID-19.
The document begins by listing the allegations against former Governor Cuomo, along with a summary of the evidence for each charge and the investigators’ findings. First and foremost, the report deals with the charges from eleven different women who worked for or with Cuomo during his tenure.
“We conclude that there is overwhelming evidence that the former Governor engaged in sexual harassment,” the report asserts.
Investigators next address the charges that Cuomo violated state ethics rules in writing and publishing his memoir “American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic.”
“We have reviewed evidence demonstrating that, in contravention of the requirement set forth by the Joint Committee on Public Ethics (“JCOPE”) that ‘[n]o State property, personnel or other resources may be utilized for activities associated with the book,’ the former Governor utilized the time of multiple state employees, as well as his own, to further his personal gain during a global pandemic – a time during which the former Governor touted the ‘around-the-clock’ state response to the crisis,” the report found.