Food Network star Sandra Lee, who shares her Westchester County home with Gov. Andrew Cuomo, has paid an $800 overdue snow removal bill, avoiding the case heading to local court, the Journal News reported today.
Cuomo continues to face criticism over Lee’s apparent decision to not let a local assessor into the home to determine its value after Lee touted major renovations in magazines and USA Today. The home’s value went up 29 percent to $1.2 million after the town did an exterior appraisal.
The Republican Governors Association weighed into on that today, an assist to Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, who is the GOP nominee for governor.
“It was only after ‘a string of splashy magazine features’ that the property was reassessed and a higher tax added. Cuomo now plays the politics card, claiming he and Lee were unfairly targeted. That’s a joke. Cuomo needs to simply start playing by the rules like everyone else,” RGA spokesman Gail Gitcho said in a statement.
Lee had been scheduled to appear in Town Court last Thursday after The Honey Do Men Gutters and Roofing Corp. of Mahopac sued her for $800 plus interest, claiming she paid only part of a $4,000 bill after company workers spent two hours clearing snow from her roof in February.
But the matter was settled prior to Thursday evening’s court date, which was then canceled, the clerk said. The company’s attorney, Francis J. O’Reilly, confirmed Lee paid.
A message left through the website of Lee, 47, seeking comment was not immediately returned.
Lee is known for her “semi-homemade” cooking method in which she primarily uses prepackaged products along with fresh products. She shares the New Castle home with her boyfriend, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
In the lawsuit filed in Town Court, the company claimed a representative of Lee, a woman named Irma Martinez, called them Feb. 20 to remove snow from the roof of Lee’s home at 4 Bittersweet Lane.