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Former Cuomo administration staffers will no longer have the state paying for their legal fees

Governor Kathy Hochul informed former staffers for the Cuomo administration that their legal bills would not be covered by the state anymore.

Spectrum News 1 obtained an email that was sent out by Elizabeth Fine of the Hochul Counsel on Sept. 2 to the law firms representing former staffers, saying the legal basis for covering past attorney fees is being reviewed.

An unnamed source in relation to Cuomo stated that the lack of legal representation would impact the report that’s supposed to be released in Oct. since it would cost thousands.

Assemblyman Michael Montesano believes allies of the former governor are attempting to undermine the legislative probe.

Hochul spokeswoman Haley Viccaro said all legal fees for former staffers would be denied after Sept. 2.

She said unless authorization is given by the Attorney General to pay the legal fees, it will be up to the individual to cover them.

Assemblyman Charles Lavine says the Judiciary Committee is making great progress on the preparation of the report and expects it to be finished soon.