An oddity has surfaced surrounding New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the still-swirling sex harassment scandal that has engulfed him and his administration: If he is somehow evicted from office or resigns, as dozens of Democratic leaders and President Joe Biden have called on him to do, he’ll be homeless because he doesn’t have a place of his own.
The three-term governor who, so far, is running for a fourth term, would have to buy or rent a place to live if he’s forced out of the statehouse.
His last private residence was actually owned by his ex-wife, Sandra Lee, and of course, he no longer lives there, the New York Post noted.
“Cuomo moved out in 2019, and Lee sold the Colonial she called Lily Pond in 2020 for $1.85 million,” The Post added.
“Maybe he can live in his brother’s basement!” the paper quipped, no doubt a reference to CNN host Chris Cuomo, who allegedly spent a few weeks in the basement of his home earlier this year after catching COVID-19.
Chris Cuomo “has a Hamptons retreat where he famously fled to the basement during a bout with COVID last year, even hosting his show from the cellar,” The Post continued. “He filmed his emergence for CNN, with footage showing him walking up the stairs in the family’s $2.9 million Southampton home.”
Of course, the CNN host was also “famously” busted for leaving his basement at least once, in which he was called out by a passing bicyclist for being outdoors with his children and wife while he was claiming to be quarantined on his program.
The Post went on to note, however, that the once-popular governor’s housing options are becoming limited as friends bail out on him after the state attorney general, Letitia James, reported last week that the results of an independent investigation found at least 11 instances of unwanted sexual harassment that she described as violations of federal and state laws.
But one option could be moving in with his 89-year-old mother who has an apartment on Sutton Place South, the paper said. “The post-war building has river views, but lacks the grandeur of the Queen Anne style Executive Mansion, which dates to 1856,” said The Post.
His mother, Matilda Cuomo, began restoration of the Executive Mansion in 1983 as father Mario Cuomo began the first of three terms as New York governor. It has an indoor and outdoor pool, a tennis court, and a greenhouse.
Andrew Cuomo was seen lounging around the outdoor pool with his secretary, who was nearby working on a laptop, and his dog, a three-and-a-half-year-old Siberian-shepherd-Malamute mix, The Post reported separately.
During a press conference last week in announcing details of the allegations, James said, “Gov. Cuomo sexually harassed several women.”
“This investigation has revealed conduct that corrodes the very fabric and character of our state government and shines light on injustice that can be present at the highest level of government,” James noted further, adding, however, that she would not be filing any charges and would instead leave that up to individual prosecutors around the state, as well as individual victims.
“We have issued a report and all throughout the process we put our heads down, we’ve done our job. And at this point…we’re going to allow the chips to fall where they may,” James said.
As for where Cuomo may live, New York City Republican mayoral candidate Curtis Sliwa said he thinks the governor will go to his brother’s East End abode.
“It will become like the Corleone compound in ‘The Godfather,'” he told The Post. “Everyone checked coming in. Only Friends. No foes.”
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