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Cuomo lawyer uses his campaign website for news conference

Ex-Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s defense lawyer is scheduled Thursday to again use his woefully outdated campaign website for a news conference — just days after The Post reported he’s considering a run for state attorney general.

It’s unclear what lawyer Rita Glavin plans to discuss, but she used her last appearance on Oct. 20 to bash Attorney General Letitia James — who recently announced she’s seeking the Democratic nomination for governor — over her handling of the sexual harassment probe that forced Cuomo to resign in August.

At that time, Glavin cited an exclusive Post report to accuse James of having had “a motive to draw every possible inference against the governor, who was a political rival and planned to run for a fourth term.”

Glavin also said she didn’t know if he was running for office couldn’t explain why she was appearing on Cuomo’s website, claiming, “I’m the wrong person to ask procedurally on this.”

“But what I can say is that this relates to allegations made against the governor while he was governor of the state, relating to his official duties and how he worked with employees,” she said.

“And I think it’s perfectly permissible for his campaign, you know, to spend money for him to get the message out.”

Ex-Gov. Andrew Cuomo is currently facing an inquiry over whether or not he used funds from his book deal inappropriately and flouted campaign laws.
Ex-Gov. Andrew Cuomo is currently facing an inquiry over whether or not he used funds from his book deal inappropriately and flouted campaign laws.
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Meanwhile, Cuomo — whose campaign account is flush with about $18 million in donor funds — hasn’t taken any steps to update his website since he left office in disgrace.

The homepage features a youthful photo of Cuomo, 63, that was shot during a November 2012 briefing about storm damage from Hurricane Sandy and shows him without a single gray hair on his head.

The “About Andrew” and “Proven Leader” pages also read as though he never quit, saying he “is the 56th Governor of New York State” and repeatedly referring to him as “Governor Cuomo” in the present tense.

State Sen. Gustavo Rivera (D-The Bronx) said the site made it seem “like he’s never done anything wrong” and transports us back to a time when very few people knew about his impropriety.”

Rita Glavin, attorney for NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo, speaks in Albany on August 10, 2021.
Rita Glavin, attorney for NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo, speaks in Albany on August 10, 2021.
Office of the Governor of New York via AP

“That’s what he sees when he looks in the mirror. Guess what, bro? You no longer look like that!” Rivera said.

“This is the sanitized version of you — when people didn’t really know what a bully you are.”

Last week, sources with direct knowledge of Cuomo’s thinking told The Post that he was thinking of running next year to succeed James as attorney general, a post he held from 2007 through 2010.

“People in Cuomo’s orbit are tossing it out there,” one source said.

“They’re floating it…and gauging people’s reactions.”

At the time, Cuomo’s spokesman dismissed the possible run as among “a ton of idle speculation out there.”

But in an interview with New York magazine published a day earlier, Cuomo didn’t rule out a return to politics, saying, “I don’t know what the future holds.”


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