In late December, a bill totaled $1,560 for shopping trips to those stores and a local florist. The largest charge that month was $555 for carpet cleaning.
Gannett’s Albany Bureau reviewed vouchers of spending at the governor’s mansion from late last year through the middle of this year after filing a Freedom of Information request.
In 2008, then-Gov. David Paterson was criticized for spending $21,000 on an antique Turkish rug for the mansion amid the state’s fiscal woes.
The latest records showed that $3,172 was spent to move Paterson out of the mansion late last year.
Cuomo spent $1,419 for his inauguration dinner on Dec. 31 and breakfast on Jan. 1, as well as $4,000 on overtime for staff. But those expenses were reimbursed by his campaign, officials said.
The mansion, built in 1856, apparently had a troubled ice machine. It had to be repaired three times since mid-November, a cost of about $860 total for the three repairs. An oven had to be fixed twice.
Cuomo has spent more time at the mansion than his recent predecessors and held regular events there to woo lawmakers during the past legislative session. As had been the case last year, $17,700 is put into the mansion’s budget roughly each quarter to pay for expenses, such as food and beverages, according to the Office of General Services, which oversees the mansion.
In April, $13.99 was spent at Radio Shack and $39.97 at Walmart. In May, $162 was spent at BJ’s Wholesale Club. In March, $784 was billed by to New England Systems Inc., an information technology company.
According to the Office of General Services, the number of employees at the mansion on July 17, 2007, totaled 16 people – eight full-time and eight hourly—when Eliot Spitzer was governor. At the same time this year, there were four fewer employees—nine full time and three hourly, the agency said.
Mansion costs were about $640,000 in the 2007-08 fiscal year, which was Spitzer’s first year in office, OGS said. Last fiscal year, which ended March 31, the total was $616,000—which includes Cuomo’s first three months in office.
In the first quarter of this fiscal year, which ran from April through June, costs were $109,000, the agency said.