A lakeside wedding reception in rural Broome County featured a prominent guest Saturday: the governor of New York.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, shortly after unveiling his father’s official gubernatorial portrait Saturday at the state Capitol, attended the reception of Kate Hoffman and Matthew Libous.
Libous is the son of Sen. Thomas Libous, a Binghamton Republican who is among the governor’s closest GOP allies.
Cuomo, a Democrat, greeted guests for nearly an hour and spoke at the gathering, which took place in a barn near a home the senator owns on Oquaga Lake in the village of Deposit.
Thomas Libous said he sent the governor an invitation to the wedding and was told Friday that Cuomo would be attending the reception.
“He came in, he sat at a table with me and he worked the room, obviously,” Libous said. “People took pictures with him. When we were all sitting down right before we did dinner and prayers, we asked him to say a few words.”
Libous said Cuomo had met his son in the Rockaways portion of Queens, when the younger Libous and his then-fiancee were helping with the cleanup of Superstorm Sandy as part of their church group.
Cuomo’s office confirmed the trip and said no taxpayer money was used. His daughter Mariah, 18, attended as his guest. The reception was not listed on Cuomo’s public schedule Saturday.
Prior to heading to the reception, Cuomo was in Albany, where he honored his father, former Gov. Mario Cuomo, with a portrait in the Capitol’s “Hall of Governors.” That was followed by a reception at the Executive Mansion, which was attended by family and former members of Mario Cuomo’s administration.
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