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Money now flowing into Hochul's campaign fund

Aug 18, 2021 5:30 am

Joshua Solomon is reporting for the Times Union in the week following the release of the state Attorney General Office's report confirming allegations of sexual harassment against Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, campaign contributions to Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul have started to increase. According to recently released campaign finance data, Hochul has pulled in $63,000 in short order. She formally filed to run for governor Sat., Aug. 14. Many of the donations have been $1,000 contributions. Donors include builders, developers, attorneys and health care executives. Some have ties to Buffalo, others to New York City and to the Hamptons on Long Island. The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers of New York contributed $5,000, a union with strong connections to Cuomo. The union's umbrella organization, AFL-CIO, had called for Cuomo's resignation. Friends of India Walton, the campaign account for the nominee for mayor in Buffalo, donated $250 to Hochul. David N. Weinraub, an Albany-based attorney and former senior staff for Gov. Mario M. Cuomo, donated $5,000 to Hochul, someone he has followed, known and contributed to for years. Stan Lundine, lieutenant governor to Mario Cuomo, donated $1,000 last week. Emily Giske, an attorney who helped to pass the Marriage Equality Act in 2011, gave $1,500. Giske works at Bolton-St. Johns, a public relations and government affairs firm, led by Giorgio DeRosa, the father of Cuomo advisor, Melissa DeRosa. Read the full story in the Times Union.