Former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is still collecting checks from the state, despite recently resigning in the wake of multiple accusations he sexually harassed women. According to reports, Cuomo got his first pension check last month.
Fox News reports:
“Andrew M. Cuomo’s gross monthly retirement benefit with the New York State and Local Retirement System has been finalized and is $4,219.11,” a spokesman for the New York comptroller’s office said. “He received his first pension payment in October of 2021.”
The pension checks for the former governor come as he faces a charge for a misdemeanor sex crime in Albany, stemming from the sexual misconduct scandal that forced Cuomo to resign earlier this year. Cuomo also faces allegations that he improperly used Executive Chamber staff to write his book about the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to the New York comptroller’s office, pension beneficiaries who are convicted of a felony can have their benefits stripped. It is not clear whether any further charges against Cuomo are possible from either scandal. The governor currently does not face any felony charges.
Cuomo has repeatedly claimed he’s innocent.
“Governor Cuomo has never assaulted anyone, and Sheriff Apple’s motives here are patently improper,” Cuomo attorney Rita Glavin said when the charge was initially filed.