When disgraced New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced his resignation, most people probably thought he was doing the right thing. After all, the man had been hammered over two shocking scandals. He was being investigated by the FBI over his nursing home policy (which resulted in 5,000 COVID deaths). And he was outed for years of sexual harassment of female staff.
For a long time, Cuomo refused to admit wrong or step down. Talk only grew that the state would impeach him. Then, suddenly, the Democrat revealed he would be retiring—though still refusing to say he was at fault.
But it seems like the man wasn’t doing this out of the goodness of his heart. In fact, there might be a very obvious reason he decided to bail now. Because soon after he jumped ship, he applied for one last—huge—payout from New York.
After announcing his resignation amid a probe into allegations of sexual harassment, Democratic New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has filed retirement paperwork that will net him $50,000 a year for the rest of his life, according to a new report…
“So if you’re wondering, without a felony conviction and several other steps, Cuomo would be eligible for his full pension, at taxpayer expense, for the rest of his life,” Tim Hoefer, president and CEO of the Empire Center for Public Policy, told the Post…
“Currently, a public official could have his or her pension reduced or revoked if convicted of a felony under the ‘Public Integrity Reform Act’ approved by Cuomo in 2011, his first year as governor.” [Source: Daily Wire]
Unless Cuomo is convicted of a crime, he stands to earn $50,000 a year from his pension, for the rest of his life.
It’s very possible Cuomo only resigned to get the heat off of him, hoping any investigations against him would just fade away.
The man is leaving in disgrace after running the state into the ground. He punished New Yorkers with extreme lockdown measures. Contributed to unnecessary deaths in nursing homes. And he had a history of harassing women and bullying men. Yet he will get $50,000 a year for the rest of his life, at taxpayer’s expense.
That’s already on top of the wealth he’s acquired over his career. Does the man need all that extra money? Maybe. Often, Democrats who leave office can count on other forms of income, from book deals to public appearances and so on. But something tells me Cuomo won’t be asked to come on the Today Show anytime soon.
This move to file for a pension reveals Cuomo is in no way contrite about what he’s done. He still thinks he’s entitled to New Yorkers’ money, despite all that’s happened. In fact, he probably thinks the state owes him something, even though he’s harmed so many people.
The only thing stopping him from cashing out is if he’s convicted. I’ll guess we’ll have to wait and see.
Author: Jim Anderson