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Disgraced Andrew Cuomo uses campaign treasury to bolster Queens pol Vivian Cook

Disgraced Ex-Reg. Andrew Cuomo is finally putting his sizable campaign fund to use, giving a last-minute financial boost to a veteran New York state lawmaker who faces a key challenger from the left on Tuesday, The Post has learned.

Records show that the former governor’s scandal-ridden campaign committee on Saturday donated $4,700 to help Queens Rep. Vivian Cook re-elect – a Democrat trying to fend off a bid from left-leaning Working Families Party-backed Anthony Andrews .

Cook – an 85-year-old who represents Jamaica Estates, Rochdale Village and Springfield in Albany – welcomed the 11th hour financial backing from Queens-born Cuomo, who resigned in August amid a sexual harassment scandal.

“Obviously I’m delighted with Andrew’s support,” she told The Post on Sunday. “His support is a plus. Everyone’s support is a plus.”

“I’ve known Andrew for a long time. I knew his father [Former Gov. Mario Cuomo]I knew his mother [Matilda Cuomo]. His father was a good governor,” Cook said.

“Andrew has also done a lot of good things,” she added of the alleged sexual harassment series.

Cuomo, in turn, praised the veteran lawmaker, who was first elected in 1990 to represent parts of Southeast Queens. The predominantly black, middle-class residents of the district formed an important part of the ex-government’s political base.

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Former New York governor Andrew Cuomo has denied the allegations against him and regrets his resignation.
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Queens MP Vivian Cook accepted the financial support provided by Cuomo in the 11th hour.
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“Vivian Cook has fought for decades to improve the lives of our fellow Queens residents and has a proven track record of delivering real results on the real issues people care about most,” Cuomo said in a statement Sunday. “I am honored to call her a friend and proud to support her.”

Andrews — a Democratic district leader in Southeast Queens who works at York College — declined to comment on Cuomo’s campaign contribution in the final stages of the race.

The 64-year-old Democrat is persona non grata among many members of his own party. During a recent Democratic gubernatorial primary debate, only Long Island Rep. Tom Suozzi said he would accept Cuomo’s endorsement, while Gov. Kathy Hochul and public attorney Jumaane Williams said they would not.

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dr Anthony Andrews is left-leaning and supported by the Working Families Party.
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The Democratic and Republican primaries for the seats in the New York State Assembly — as well as those for the governor and lieutenant governor — are scheduled for Tuesday, while those for the US House of Representatives and Senate are slated for August 23.

Cuomo – who resigned from grace a week after an attorney general’s investigation found he had allegedly sexually molested several women, including employees – has opted not to make a comeback with a run for elected office in 2022 to try.

While a January filing with the state board of elections showed his “Andrew Cuomo for New York” campaign account with more than $16 million in cash available, the ex-government had no candidates with him prior to Saturday’s post donated to the 2022 competitions “Friends of Vivian E. Cook,” according to BOE records and a representative.

Cook was among 22 state lawmakers who signed a letter in the spring of 2021 urging people to wait until Attorney General Letitia James completes her investigation to form an opinion on the sexual assault allegations made against the then-governor to form harassment.

Cuomo has repeatedly denied the allegations against him and has expressed regret at his resignation under threat of impeachment.

Still, the April and May deadlines for candidates to vote in the major party primaries and general election passed without the ex-boss filing a ballot.

Cuomo’s decision not to challenge Hochul, his former No. 2, came after he aired several television commercials, ate twice with Mayor Eric Adams, met with a former union leader, spoke at several churches in non-white parts of the state, and repeatedly refused had to rule out resurgence.

The former governor and his family have decades of political and social roots in Queens. His Italian-born grandfather, Andrea Cuomo, ran a business in South Jamaica, and his Briarwood-born father began his career as a local activist and district attorney.

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