Here's who's donated to Gov. Kathy Hochul's $21.9 million war chest

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Hochul raised as much as $21.9 million for her reelection campaign, including from donors who supported former Gov. Cuomo in the past. Paul Martinka

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ALBANY – Gov. Kathy Hochul raked in big campaign bucks over the last six months — to the tune of $21.9 million — from a well of donors who also used to give generously to disgraced ex-Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Hochul amassed her hefty war chest between Aug. 13 and Jan. 14, according to records posted online by the state Board of Elections.

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Her list of donors includes the usual cast of real-state and business bigwigs, many of whom have donated to Cuomo in the past.

Steve Ross of Related Companies – who also owns the Miami Dolphins — gave Hochul the maximum contribution amount of $69,700.

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Ross has given Cuomo $90,000 total since 2002 – $25,000 of that in June 2021 – according to a 2019 analysis of the ex-gov’s billionaire donors published by the non profit research group Public Accountability Initiative and Hedge Clippers.

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Miami Dolphins owner Steve Ross, who donated plentifully to Cuomo in the past, maxed out his contributions for Hochul.

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Also on the hook for the maximum donation are Larry Silverstein, the real estate developer who rebuilt the World Trade Center complex, and ex-Google executive Eric Schmidt, who was tapped by Cuomo to help “reimagine” New York’s telehealth and broadband access during the pandemic.

Silverstein contributed $19,700 to Cuomo in 2021, according to BOE filings and his wife, Klara Silverstein, pitched in another $5,300. Eric Schmidt donated $69,700.00 to Cuomo in 2020.

Steve Roth and Arnold Gumowitz, the two real estate moguls who famously feuded over Cuomo’s “Penn15” plan to build 10 skyscrapers around Penn Station, each donated $69,700, records show.

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Silverstein, the real estate developer who rebuilt the World Trade Center complex and gave $19,700 to Cuomo in 2021, gave the highest amount allowable to Hochul.

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The PAI/Hedge Clippers report found that Roth, of Vornado Realty Trust, has contributed $384,000 total to Cuomo since 2002.

Also in Hochul’s $69,700 club: Billionaire hedge fund manager James Simons and his wife Marilyn Simons; Long Island Developers William Haugland and his son William Haugland Jr. of Haugland Group LLC, former Cuomo donors who have scored MTA contracts in the past; and Alexandra Cohen, the wife of Mets owner Steven Cohen.

Cohen himself contributed $67,100, as well as one non-monetary, in-kind donation of $1,935.79, the filings show.

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Real estate mogul Arnold Gumowitz maxed out his contributions at $69,700.

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Meanwhile, when it came to the sports world, New York Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner gave Hochul $25,000 and the New York Yankees Partnership contributed $25,000.

New York Giants co-owner Jonathan Tisch donated $50,000, and other members of the Tisch family have given hundreds of thousands of dollars to Hochul.

Even the MSG PAC pitched in $5,000.

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Mets owner Steven Cohen and his wife Alexandra have each donated over $67,000 to Hochul’s campaign, while New York Giants co-owner Jonathan Tisch donated $50,000.

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The NY Hotel Trades Council Committee – the first major union to back Hochul’s campaign for a full term – was also eager to donate. It gave beyond the max limit and had to be refunded $4,000.

The NYS Hospitality and Tourism Association contributed $10,000.

Hochul previously announced a $450 million recovery package to help revive the hard-hit tourism industry.

Some groups could also see big wins for their industry in Hochul’s 2022-2023 state budget released on Tuesday.

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Cannabis group Ascend and the founder of cannabis firm Columbia Care donated generously to Hochul’s campaign.

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New York is projected to take in $1.25 billion in new revenue from legal marijuana sales over the next six years. Legal sales could begin as early as fiscal year 2023, according to budget documents, with $363 million in projected revenues come fiscal year 2028.

Those who could benefit in these areas include the cannabis group Ascend — which is in a legal battle to acquire a medical marijuana license in New York. Ascend gave Hochul $15,000.

Film producer Jana Edelbaum chipped in three donations totaling $28,400. Her husband Michael Abbott is the co-founder and chairman of the cannabis firm Columbia Care, which is licensed to provide medicinal marijuana to New York patients.

Edelbaum held a fundraiser for pro-pot donors at the couple’s Manhattan apartment on Oct. 12.

Hochul’s budget plan also permits the state Gaming Facility Location Board to issue a Request for Applications to open three new commercial casinos downstate, in addition to the four already operating upstate.

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Genting, the company that runs Resorts World Casino NYC in Queens, contributed $47,100.

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The gov raked in contributions from Genting, the company that runs Resorts World Casino NYC, which contributed $47,100 through its GAI PAC. She also got boosts from upstate casino owner and Meadowlands Racetrack owner Jeff Gural, who donated $35,000 total; Las Vegas Sands Corp, which gave $5,000; and gaming entities Hard Rock Cafe International (USA) Inc., Hard Rock Cafe Licensing Operating and Seminole Hard Rock Entertainment, which each gave $5,000 during this cycle.

Representatives from charter schools – whose students would get a funding bump as part of Hochul’s plan – also donated. John Paulson, a hedge fund owner who funds Success Academy, gave $50,000; ex-Success Academy Chairman Dan Loeb donated $30,000 and pro-charter business man Roger Hertog contributed $25,000.

Meanwhile, Cuomo — who is rumored to be mulling a comeback run — has $16.4 million in his campaign account, Andrew Cuomo for New York, Inc.

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John Paulson, a hedge fund owner who funds Success Academy, gave $50,000 to Hochul’s campaign.

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Although the ex-pol did rake in some donations, legal bills cut into his $18.2 million war chest posted to his account as of the last filing in July.

He made four payments totaling $899,167.27 to his personal attorney Rita Glavin’s law firm, Glavin PLLC, between August and November.

Another $800,000 was sent out to Manhattan white shoe law firm Sullivan & Cromwell, which also represented him in relation to state Attorney General Letitia James’ sexual harassment investigation.

Additional reporting by Carl Campanile

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