Andrew Cuomo’s boosters falsely call for unions to get ex-governor back

A group of self-proclaimed Andrew Cuomo boosters has angered several prominent New York unions by claiming they support the disgraced politician’s efforts to redeem himself in a new campaign-style flyer that was sent out across the state.

Double-page mailer shared with The Post urges union members to ‘support’ ex-governor who resigned after the collapse of his political base midst allegations of sexual abuse, benefit from the use of state funds to write his pandemic memoir and Misleading the public and federal authorities on COVID-related deaths in nursing homes.

The mailer is missing Type of legal disclosures typically found on campaign paraphernalia and is simply signed by a group posing as New Yorkers for justice. There is no such group registered with the state elections board, online records show.

Political committees are required to report their donors and spending to the agency.

Several unions were upset at being included in the flyer, claiming they had not given permission to use their logos or names in it.
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Printed on the front are the logos of several unions, including the New York State Nurses Association, the city’s District Council of Carpenters Political Committee, the national Teamsters Union, and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

“Governor Cuomo has led the hard-hit state of New York through the worst pandemic of our time, becoming a role model for the world,” it said.

The mailer borrows quotes from 2018 in which Mario Cilento, president of the New York State AFL-CIO, and Gary LaBarbara, the powerful chairman of the Buildings and Construction Council, praised Cuomo’s earlier support for unions — a few years before the Allegations of sexual harassment surfaced.

And it continues to attack the Attorney General who would become Cuomo’s Bête Noire: Letitia James.

Letizia James
The flyer attacks New York Attorney General Letitia James.
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James drew Cuomo’s ire after his request to investigate his office ended with a bombshell report confirming or revealing allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct by Cuomo against 11 women.

“In August 2021, the Attorney General held a press conference in which she stated that she believed Andrew Cuomo was guilty of sexual harassment, when in fact it was a politically motivated ambush on Governor Cuomo,” reads the message on the back of the letter mailers.

Several of the unions included in the mailer were outraged and said they were unaware of the effort.

AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento
The flyer uses old quotes praising Andrew Cuomo from AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento.
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“The NYC Carpenters Union has not been asked, nor would we ever give our permission, to use our logo to falsely defame Attorney General James, who fearlessly took on Andrew Cuomo to ensure justice for his victims,” ​​Joseph Geiger said , a senior official there. “Andrew Cuomo has no one to blame for his retirement but himself. Period.”

The state-run AFL-CIO sent the group a letter asking it to remove all mentions of the Cilento and the organization from the mailer – a request the group accepted, the union told the Post.

“The New York State AFL-CIO has no affiliation with New Yorkers for Justice. We are disappointed with the unauthorized use of our logo,” said Cilento.

The Flyer was also condemned by the New York State Nurse’s Association.
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The Association of Nurses also attacked the Mailer.

“We condemn this deception,” said Pat Kane, who runs the union. “We would like to urge this group to admit the deception and stop printing these mailings and we believe they should issue an apology.”

The group is also soliciting donations through a GoFundMe campaign and has raised over $5,600, half of their stated goal of $10,000.

“We are not aware of these efforts,” Cuomo spokesman Rich Azzopardi said in a statement that also attacked AG James.

The group did not respond to requests for comment. Andrew Cuomo’s boosters falsely call for unions to get ex-governor back


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