Cuomo, Duffy release tax returns

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo earned $143,870 last year as attorney general, compared to $193,134 that Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy, the former Rochester mayor, made last year, according to tax returns the administration made available this afternoon. However, if you deduct the $70,255 police pension that is included in Duffy’s income, Cuomo came out about $20,000 ahead of his second-in-command. Duffy was in the Rochester Police Department, including as chief, before being elected mayor.

Other highlights of Cuomo’s federal and state tax returns:

— He paid $6,397 in New York City income tax, even though he didn’t live there full time. He shares a house with Food Network star Sandra Lee in New Castle, Westchester County. She owns the house, and the two share expenses. Cuomo paid the New York City income tax for 365 days last year “out of an abundance of caution,” spokesman John Milgrim said.

— The governor donated $10,000 to HELP USA, an organization he founded that builds and operates transitional and low-income permanent housing.

— Cuomo earned $$51,863 in tax-exempt interest last year, and he had $1,422 in taxable interest income and $3,515 in dividends from investments.

— He paid $18,631 in state and New York City taxes and owed the state $3,582. He paid $33,419 in federal taxes and is getting back $8,050.

Duffy’s tax returns:

— Duffy’s wife, Barbara, earned $42,600 working for St. John Fisher College in Rochester. She reported a loss of $1,397 working as a human-resources consultant.

— The couple paid $8,979 in state taxes and are receiving $840 back. They had $39,833 in federal taxes withheld and owed $3,323.

— The Duffys paid $8,029 in property taxes last year.

— The couple donated a total of $6,270 to charity. Of that, they gave $2,825 worth of clothing and other items donated to Goodwill (originally valued at $8,475); and $3,445 to other charities (the specifics were not made available today).

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