FRIENDS OF Andrew Cuomo's ex Sandra Lee say she feels slighted that the disgraced governor is bragging about how he “legalized love for the LGBTQ community” in the Empire State when it was Lee who reportedly was central in pushing him to pass it.
“Sandra was the one to fight for same-sex marriage, and she had to keep hounding Andrew to do it," a friend said.
“It was all Sandra, and for Andrew to take credit is so crass," the friend added in an interview with the New York Post.
“What a jerk."
Lee, a 55-year-old celebrity chef, was spotted in St Tropez and cozying up with beau Ben Youcef as the man she dated for about 14 years stepped down from his top perch.
She apparently was inspired to act for marriage equality because her sibling is gay.
“The pressure did not let up at home," according to a 2011 report in the New York Times.
“Mr. Cuomo’s girlfriend, Sandra Lee, has a gay brother, and she frequently reminded the governor how much she wanted the law to change,” according to the report.
Cuomo, 63, had made the self-indulgent claim during his resignation speech in which he took credit for putting New York on the progressive map.
“We made New York State the progressive capital of the nation,” he said. “No other state government accomplished more to help people.”
He then touted his efforts to legalize gay marriage.
“We passed marriage equality, creating a new civil right, legalized love for the LGBTQ community and we generated a force for change that swept the nation,” he the 56th governor who served three terms in office.
He’s expected to step down in less than two weeks' time and will be succeeded by Lieutenant Governor of New York Kathy Hochul.
Hochul will be making history as she becomes the first female governor of New York.
The outgoing governor finally resigned amid the state Attorney General’s report determined there were 11 credible accusers of sexual harassment in his office.
"The independent investigation found that Governor Cuomo harassed multiple women, many of whom were young women, by engaging in unwanted groping, kisses, hugging, and by making inappropriate comments," a statement accompanying the Aug. 3 release of the damning report reads.
It also cited Cuomo's office as being “rife with fear and intimidation” that not only “enabled the above-described instances of harassment to occur” but also “created a hostile work environment overall.”
Another close pal of Lee’s believes she also deserves an apology from Cuomo as she had a direct hand in solidifying his governorship.
“Sandra is the only person who Andrew didn’t say sorry to or thank, for that matter,” the person told the Post.
“She helped put him in the governor’s chair.”
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