In-Depth: New report claims Cuomo, top aide used government resources for campaign projects

Created: April 12, 2021 04:08 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo and one of his top aides are facing new claims that they used government resources for campaign projects.

According to The Times Union of Albany, Secretary to the Governor Melissa DeRosa worked on a poll being conducted by a super PAC in 2019.

The Times Union obtained emails that showed DeRosa spent time during a shift reviewing a poll on New York jobs.

She's also accused of instructing lower-level staff to help with the poll while working their state jobs.

Cuomo and DeRosa are accused of breaking a state law on the powers and duties of public officers.

News10NBC took an in-depth look at the rule in question.

Section 73 of state law says that no state officer or employee shall use their authority to compel or induce any officer or employee to make a political contribution.

That includes services like working on a campaign poll.

In 1992, the state's ethics commission said that campaigns must be run on an employee's own time without using state resources of any kind.

A senior adviser to Cuomo told The Times Union this would not fall under those rules because Cuomo was not on the ballot in 2019.

He says the poll was used to gauge public reaction to Cuomo's policies.

Right now, the Assembly Judiciary Committee is looking into similar accusations that Cuomo used staffers to help with his book.

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