It’s one of the great disappearing acts of all time. Former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has not been seen since the day he quit office in disgrace nearly two months ago.
He owns no known property and has been living at no fixed abode since leaving the executive mansion in Albany on August 23.
But in the eight long weeks since he moved out from 138 Eagle Street, the man who was everywhere when he was appearing in televised Covid press conferences for 96 days in a row has seemingly vanished from the face of the earth.
His only public utterance was when he posted three pictures of himself with a few days’ growth of beard on a boat with his three-year-old Siberian husky Captain on Instagram last month.
Disgraced New York governor Andrew Cuomo has not been seen in public since he left the executive mansion in Albany on August 23. He is pictured at the Eastside Heliport in Midtown Manhattan on August 10 after announcing his resignation
Cuomo has no fixed address and is not known to own any property, but there has been plenty of speculation as to where and with whom the former governor may be living
‘The fall bass run is coming & Captain is ready,’ he captioned two shots.
‘Captain’s first albie,’ he said in the third, referring to the false albacore he had caught. ‘These little guys put up a good fight.’
As false albacore are found anywhere in the Atlantic from Brazil to New England, his pictures gave no hint as to where he might be.
When he quit, Cuomo, 63, told New York magazine, ‘I’m not disappearing,’ but that’s exactly what he has done.
‘I don’t know what I’m gonna do,’ he said. ‘I have a voice, I have a perspective, and that’s not gonna change.
But he said he didn’t know where he was going to live.
The 63-year-old shared snaps of himself with a few days’ growth of beard on a boat with his three-year-old Siberian husky Captain on Instagram earlier this month, but has given no hint as to where he might be
‘The fall bass run is coming & Captain is ready,’ he captioned two shots shared on September 28
‘The details aren’t really that important to me, to tell you the truth. I’m a New Yorker, I’ve lived (in Albany), I’ve lived in Queens, I’ve lived in the city, I’ve lived upstate, I’ve lived everywhere.’
‘I don’t really care about that. I’ll figure that out.’
There has been plenty of speculation as to where the former governor may be hanging his hat.
Top of the list is Five Chimneys, the $2.9million home in Purchase, New York, owned by his sister Maria and her fashion designer husband Kenneth Cole.
That’s where his belongings were taken when he left Albany. The move was so secretive the truck driver told the New York Post he was only told exactly where to go as he crossed the Tappan Zee Bridge – which Cuomo renamed to honor his late father ex-governor Mario Cuomo – ten miles away.
But if he’s there, he doesn’t seem to be taking advantage of the Golf Club of Purchase – despite it being founded by his brother-in-law – nor the J.M. Kendall Sculpture Gardens, a stunning park in the grounds of the Pepsico headquarters, and nobody seems to have seen him.
Cuomo was photographed outside the Governor’s Mansion on August 7 – just days before he announced that he would step down
A team of movers and workers were seen helping vacate the property days before his official departure
A U-Haul moving truck outside the Governors Mansion in Albany on August 20, ahead of Cuomo’s last day in office
Cuomo had been the longest-tenured governor in the US at the time of his resignation and lived at 138 Eagle Street while serving his three consecutive terms
But Cole and Maria Cuomo also own an 11th floor apartment in Manhattan’s tony Sutton Place that they bought for $14.5million in 2008 and a stunning oceanside mansion on Martha’s Vineyard, so if they were to host him in his time of troubles, he would have plenty of options.
Others have speculated that he might be staying at the home of his close ally Jeffrey Sachs in Southampton on Long Island.
Sachs, an usher at Cuomo’s 1990 wedding to Kerry Kennedy, is said to have put him up in his apartment near the United Nations in Manhattan when the marriage flamed out 13 years later.
The New York Post quoted ‘multiple sources’ saying Cuomo was at Sachs’s $5million home near Agawam Lake.
But again the Luv Gov – as he called himself during an interview with his brother Chris last year before multiple women had accused him of sexually harassing them -has not been spotted publicly in the millionaires’ playground.
Chris Cuomo, 51, also could be letting his older brother couch surf with him. The CNN anchor and his wife Cristina also live in the Hamptons in a rented $2million property while they wait for their new home in East Hampton to be completed.
Many have speculated that Cuomo could be crashing at the home of his sister Maria (left) and her fashion designer husband Kenneth Cole (right)
Purchase, New York: Kenneth Cole and Maria Cuomo’s $2.9million Five Chimneys home
Manhattan: Cole and Maria Cuomo also own an 11th floor apartment in Manhattan’s tony Sutton Place that they bought for $14.5million in 2008
The couple has plenty of options for where they could host Cuomo, including their stunning oceanside mansion on Martha’s Vineyard
Chris’s basement became famous when he broadcast from there after contracting Covid. But now that he has recovered it might be an ideal bolthole for his brother.
Or Cuomo could have done what so many single men do when they lose their job – go home to mom.
Matilda Cuomo, who celebrated her 90th birthday last month, lives in a seven-room, 11th floor apartment not far from her daughter in Sutton Place. So if he’s living there he would have plenty of room.
The last place Cuomo lived before moving full-time into the Executive Mansion was in then-girlfriend Sandra Lee’s home in Mount Kisco, New York.
But the celebrity chef would be an unlikely host for her ex and anyway she sold that house for $1.85million last year and moved to California, where she has made it clear she has no intention of getting dragged back into Cuomo’s drama.
If he had quit a few years earlier, another former home, the six-bedroom Great Gatsby-style home where he lived with Kennedy, would have been available.
Long Island, New York: Some reports have claimed Cuomo could be staying at close ally Jeffrey Sachs’s $5million Southampton home near Agawam Lake
Long Island, New York: Chris Cuomo, 51, also may possibly be letting his older brother couch surf with him at their East Hampton home
Cuomo previously lived in this six-bedroom Great Gatsby-style home in Little Neck with ex-wife Kerry Kennedy that was later sold to music mogul Elias Roman in 2016
But music mogul Elias Roman snapped up that property in the Little Neck area of Queens in 2016 for $2million.
Cuomo’s future is still unclear. Impeachment proceedings against him – which, if successful, would have barred him from holding public office again – were suspended after his resignation.
A Siena University poll just this week suggested he still has some support among voters in New York.
He came in second with 17 per cent supporting him, behind his successor Kathy Hochul but ahead of three other possible challengers, state attorney general Letitia James, New York City public advocate Jumaane Williams and Big Apple mayor Bill de Blasio.
But Cuomo’s downfall has shown just how unpopular he was with other politicians. Both Democrats and Republicans jumped in to slam him when the scandals broke – and virtually no-one came to his defense.
The Kennedy family, in particular, is known to dislike him – not just because of his divorce from Kerry but even before that the freewheeling family thought he was too uptight.
It’s also possible Cuomo is back to living with his mother Matilda, who resides in a seven-room, 11th floor apartment not far from Maria on Sutton Place
Mount Kisco, New York: This the last place Cuomo lived with then-girlfriend Sandra Lee before moving full-time into the governor’s executive mansion
Cuomo’s closest aide Melissa Rosa, 39, who resigned days before he stepped down, said she had a close friendship with the governor but denied having an ‘intimate relationship’ with him. She is now in the process of divorcing husband Matthew Wing and the two have put their their three-bedroom, two-bath Brooklyn duplex (right) on the market last week for $2.59M
He had his allies in state government – most notably his closest aide Melissa DeRosa, 39. She resigned just days before her boss, as his regime crumbled around him.
The two were seen having a cozy dinner at Manhattan’s Knickerbocker Grill in 2016 just days after she married Matthew Wing, now head of publicity for Uber.
She told DailyMail.com that though she and Cuomo were close friends they had ‘never had an intimate relationship.’
We reported exclusively that she sneaked back into the executive mansion by hiding on the back seat of a white BMW driven by Cuomo’s personal assistant Stephanie Benton the day after she resigned.
But DeRosa has no place where she could let Cuomo stay. She and Wing are now divorcing and put their three-bedroom, two-bath Brooklyn duplex on the market last week for $2.59million.