Report: Cuomo Benefactors, Friends Hired by State


The New York Times reports that the state’s Empire Development Corp. has hired 49 people in the first 20 months of the Cuomo administration and nearly a third were political associates, donors, friends or relatives of Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The salaries of the jobs are as high as $150,000 a year.

Cuomo as a candidate and as governor has said he would hire only by merit and not use the political patronage system that has traditionally been a powerful tool of incumbents.

A Cuomo aide told The New York Times that hiring practices are improving and defended the hires as qualified. A statement later accused the newspaper of trying “create a scandal.”