Andrew Cuomo hiding ‘in shame’—but ‘plotting’ return: sources

Andrew Cuomo hiding ‘in shame’—but ‘plotting’ return: sources

SOUTHAMPTON — In only one yr, Andrew Cuomo has gone from being essentially the most highly effective governor within the nation — and at one time the ever present hero of the 2020 pandemic — to essentially the most elusive fallen star within the Hamptons.

“I feel he’s ashamed. He’s embarrassed and he doesn’t wish to take care of the questions and the appears and responses he would possibly get. He’s a little bit of a hermit,” Karen Hinton, who was Cuomo’s press secretary from 1995 to 1999 and has accused him of an undesirable sexual advance, instructed The Submit.

Different sources stated that any “disgrace” he might have stems extra from the anger he feels about dropping his job — unfairly he believes — and remorse about not combating for it tougher. In addition they speculated it’s fueling Cuomo’s disappearance from the general public eye.

Former Gov. Andrew Cuomo resigned in shame after New York state Lawyer Normal Letitia James launched a scathing report on his quite a few sexual harrassment allegations.NY Submit

“He gained’t present his face wherever,” a longtime Hamptons insider who is aware of the Cuomo household stated final week. “Chris [Cuomo’s disgraced younger brother] is out and about on a regular basis. Matt Lauer did grosser issues and also you see him round on a regular basis. However not Andrew. The sensation is that he has loads of disgrace over what occurred and he’s hiding.”

Though Cuomo, 64, has $10 million in marketing campaign finance cash, and insiders say hasn’t given up on politics, he’s additionally nonetheless formally homeless after leaving the Government Mansion in Albany the place he lived for 11 years. (For a lot of his time in workplace, he additionally lived in a Westchester residence with then girlfriend Sandra Lee.)

Cuomo introduced his resignation on Aug. 24, 2021 after a damning sexual harassment report from the New York Lawyer Normal’s Workplace that had him dealing with impeachment. However an upstate district lawyer’s workplace dropped any legal investigation.

Insiders say the previous gov resents what occurred to him and regrets not staying and combating for his job, though his impeachment gave the impression to be almost a executed deal.

“As Governor Cuomo has at all times stated, he didn’t sexually harass anybody and 5 totally different district attorneys who independently reviewed the allegations refused to maneuver ahead towards him. On the similar time, the AG suppressed irrefutable proof of perjury, blackmail, witness tampering and inconsistent testimony on this sham probe,” Cuomo spokesman Wealthy Azzopardi instructed The Submit.

Ana Liss (left), who accused Cuomo of sexually harassing her whereas she labored in his workplace, known as the previous governor “nefarious.” Fox Information meteorologist Janice Dean (proper) stated Cuomo thinks of himself because the “sufferer” in his scandals. Twitter

Cuomo’s insiders instructed The Submit that Andrew splits his time between the Hamptons, the place he crashes along with his brother, Chris, in Sag Harbor or with longtime pal Dr. Jeffrey Sachs in Southampton; Westchester, the place his sister, Maria Cuomo Cole, lives, and Manhattan the place he stays with buddies or kin.

He has additionally been seeing a 50-ish lady who lives within the Southampton space, The Submit is instructed.

However aside from a number of transient sightings — hanging with outdated buddy Billy Joel at his waterfront Hamptons property over the July 4th weekend or reportedly serving to a stalled motorist in East Hampton final week — he’s been MIA this summer season. (Though he did tweet a shocking dig on the Division of Justice on Aug. 9, trashing them for the raid at Mar-a-Lago, the house of his longtime nemesis Donald Trump.) He wasn’t seen a lot earlier than that, both, aside from what gave the impression to be carefully-curated appearances like eating out in Manhattan with Mayor Eric Adams or talking out at church buildings in Brooklyn and the Bronx.

The previous gov has been spending time at youthful brother Chris’ Southampton residence.

Insiders say he isn’t seemingly to enter the non-public sector — and should concentrate on one other state, metropolis or congressional political run finally.

Azzopardi pushed again towards the concept that Cuomo is hiding out in disgrace.

“Anybody saying that doesn’t know Andrew Cuomo,” he stated. “He’s dwelling his life, speaks up when he has one thing to say and at any time when he’s out and about is mobbed by New Yorkers who respect his contributions and might’t imagine what occurred to him.”

A veteran Democratic operative who labored for each Andrew and his father, three-term New York Gov. Mario Cuomo, in contrast Cuomo and his Albany internal circle to “a membership of Disney villains.”

Cuomo posted the photograph of himself fishing along with his brother Chris, who retains his boat on the Sag Harbor Yacht Yard and is usually seen round city.John Roca

“Melissa DeRosa was the Ice Queen,” the operative stated of Cuomo’s longtime, highly effective prime aide. “Andrew was Jafar, the evil man from ‘Aladdin’ who’s been banished to the Cave of Wonders and now he’s spending all his time attempting to return again. That is his life now. It’s what he goes to mattress excited about. He’s plotting and planning to re-emerge. He’s holding rating on all the things.”

However that scares a number of the girls who say he sexually harassed them.

“I’m nonetheless afraid of him,” Ana Liss instructed The Submit. Now 36, she who labored within the governor’s workplace for 2 years as a coverage aide earlier than leaving in 2015 and was the third lady to accuse him of sexual harassment final yr. Eight extra girls would finally come ahead with comparable accusations.

Cuomo has dined at Manhattan scorching spots with Mayor Eric Adams.AP

“There’s one thing nefarious and ‘American Psycho’ and borderline character about him. I’m afraid he may use his energy to negatively influence my profession. Even to this present day I’ve to battle emotions of remorse about talking up as a result of I’ll pay a worth for it for my whole life,” she stated. “At one level I even puzzled if I ought to up and transfer to Wyoming to get out from beneath the shadow.”

“He’s probably not a folks individual. He solely needs to be round individuals who simply say sure to him,” stated Hinton, who wrote a e-book, Penis Politics, through which she accused Cuomo of bullying and sexual harassment.

Not like Andrew, his youthful brother Chris, 52, has been out and about since being fired from his reported $6 million-per-year anchor perch at CNN final yr after it got here out that he suggested Andrew throughout his sexual misconduct scandal.

He additionally confirmed up at God’s Battalion of Prayer Church in Brooklyn in March, saying “God isn’t completed with me but.”Alex Rud

He drives his pickup truck most mornings from his remoted bay-front compound exterior Sag Harbor — the place Andrew is believed to be dwelling a lot of the time — to get espresso on the Grindstone on Major Avenue or at Jack’s Stir Brew.

Chris who launched a podcast not too long ago and can be part of NewsNation as an anchor this fall, additionally typically on the Sag Harbor boatyard the place he retains his boat. However regardless of Andrew’s latest photograph of the 2 brothers out fishing, a boatyard employee says he not often sees the disgraced ex-governor.

Nonetheless, “The person will not be in hiding, the person is aware of precisely what he’s doing,” stated Cuomo’s buddy, the Rev. Alfred Cockfield II, whose East Flatbush church is the place the previous governor made his first post-resignation public look final March, railing about how he’d been a sufferer of “cancel tradition.”

Cuomo has reportedly been staying with sister Maria Cuomo Cole in Westchester residence.Getty Pictures for Assist USA

“He’s had some ups and downs and we’ve been buddies via all of it,” Cockfield added. “It’s possible you’ll not see loads of him but it surely’s solely as a result of he’s determining his subsequent transfer. He’s resilient. I might not rely that man out.”

Certainly, Cuomo scored a giant win final week when an Albany County court docket dominated {that a} now-defunct state ethics watchdog overstepped its authority by ordering him to give up the $5.1 million acquired from a controversial e-book deal inked whereas he was nonetheless in workplace.

“Cuomo was robust and lots of people appreciated that,” Basil Smikle, the previous govt director of the state Democratic Social gathering, instructed The Submit. “I don’t see that in Kathy [Hochul]. Not everybody needs to confess it now however he was there for an terrible lot of individuals through the worst of Covid and it meant quite a bit to them.”

Fox Information meteorologist Janice Dean has demanded an investigation into former Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s controversial nursing residence order.Handout

On the Fourth of July, Cuomo was noticed at outdated pal Billy Joel’s bash on the singer’s Sag Harbor residence.Shutterstock

A few of these folks, together with a feminine Democratic Social gathering activist of greater than 50 years, stated she stays a fierce supporter of Cuomo — however not a lot in order that she’s will to go on the document together with her identify.

“Certain he is usually a bastard,” she stated. “I don’t care. He saved folks’s lives throughout that pandemic. He was out getting beds. He flew to confront Trump. He saved the morale of the world up throughout a really powerful time. I had buddies texting me from abroad telling me he was their lifeline. I feel he was arrange and brought out.”

Others are disgusted by the choice to let Cuomo maintain the cash from the e-book and by what they see as a scarcity of regret and contrition for his infamous dealing with of the nursing residence deaths from Covid.

Dr. Jeffrey Sachs (left) hosted Cuomo in Sag Harbor, whereas developer Andrew Farkas (with Ashely Meiland Harrison) partied with the previous governor at his home there.

“We understood that it was a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic,” stated Janice Dean, a senior meteorologist on the Fox Information Channel who misplaced each her aged in-laws to Covid on account of what she termed Cuomo’s “killer nursing residence order.” His March 2020 coverage despatched Covid-positive sufferers into nursing houses for 45 days, ensuing within the deaths of hundreds of seniors.

“He thought the hospitals have been going to be overrun. He didn’t have a spot to place [elderly patients]. We get that. Had he simply met with members of the family, and talked to us, we’d have forgiven him. As a substitute he capitalized on his reputation and wrote a e-book and gained an Emmy. However to this present day he’s by no means apologized,” Dean instructed The Submit. “I actually assume it’s a psychological trait of is that he doesn’t apologize. [He seems to think] nothing he does is a mistake. And everybody else is responsible. He’s the ‘sufferer’ right here — each of the nursing residence deaths and the sexual harassment allegations.”

Dem. Assemblyman Ron Kim — whose uncle died of coronavirus in a nursing residence — was famously on the receiving finish of the Cuomo mood in Feb. 2021 after, he stated, the then-governor known as him at residence and threatened to “destroy” him if he didn’t assist include the harm over the administration’s cover-up of nursing residence deaths.

“If he’d acknowledged errors have been made and are available clear, the general public would have forgiven him,” Kim instructed The Submit final week. “As a substitute he lied and coated it up. He wished to regulate the narrative and his picture.”

Rev. Alfred Cockfield II (left) stated he “wouldn’t rely” out Andrew Cuomo’s profession in politics.

Insiders say Cuomo’s powerful character helped push via key laws just like the rise in minimal wage and legalizing homosexual marriage.Lev Radin/Pacific Press/Shutterstock

A longtime Cuomo advisor who additionally knew Andrew’s father, three-term Gov. Mario Cuomo properly, stated Andrew’s generally threatening persona is how he was capable of push via key laws resembling legalizing homosexual marriage, elevating the minimal wage to $15 an hour and quite a few powerful gun management legal guidelines.

“One individual’s bully is one other individual’s hero,” the longtime advisor instructed The Submit. “There’s a type of dramatic crushing sense to the place he was and the way it ended. For good and for dangerous, the success and failures of Andrew Cuomo are wed collectively intimately. He has a sure type of character that enables him to get large issues executed. He’s additionally able to self-reflection and altering course. He’s executed so earlier than. He hasn’t been taken down by this and he isn’t hanging his head in disgrace. I’m assured he’ll be again.”

Possibly, perhaps not.

Not like Andrew, his youthful brother Chris, 52, has been out and about since being fired from his reported $6 million-per-year anchor perch at CNN final yr.Getty Pictures for HBO

“This man was a textbook instance of Icarus flying too near the solar,” the veteran Democratic Social gathering operative instructed The Submit.

“He was flying so excessive, on TV each day. He goes nationwide, persons are calling themselves ‘Cuomosexuals,’ the zeitgeist hates Trump and there’s speak of him working for president. However he will get too near the solar realizing he has great weaknesses: a nasty relationship with the press and along with his friends in state authorities and even on the federal stage. If you run into an issue in authorities, your folks in authorities will provide you with some runway to work it out. However whenever you solely make enemies and you haven’t any buddies, you bought no runway. He hit the solar and blazed out.”

Numerous folks interviewed by The Submit for this story knew Mario Cuomo in addition to Andrew.

Insiders say Cuomo crashes, from time to time, with longtime pal Dr. Jeffrey Sachs in Southampton.Dennis A. Clark

“If his dad have been alive, the very first thing he’d inform Andrew was that he loves him,” stated one other Democratic Social gathering veteran politician and civic chief who labored with each Cuomos. “And he’d inform him to concentrate on the longer term in an clever manner, do one thing clever for the folks and overlook concerning the previous. Fortunate for him he nonetheless has his [90-year-old mother] Matilda. She is at all times optimistic and upbeat and supportive.”

The supply stated that Andrew at all times had large footwear to fill when it got here to his father. Now, in exile from public life, he’s actually sporting his pop’s footwear.

“He walks in his father’s footwear, I’ve seen it,” he stated. “They’re black wingtip footwear. They provide him energy.”

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