Gov. Andrew Cuomo was scheduled to be in central New York Friday for a private event, but it appears the $1,000-a-person fundraiser at a Skaneateles home has been cancelled.
Sources informed The Citizen Thursday that the Democratic governor would be holding a fundraiser in Skaneateles. The host of the event was listed as Michael J. Falcone, a prominent central New York developer who has given $106,491.32 to Cuomo's gubernatorial campaign, according to state Board of Elections records.
Falcone has hosted fundraisers for Cuomo in the past, including one last year at his Skaneateles home.
Cuomo's office released his public schedule Friday morning that indicated he would be in Onondaga County. Because it was his official schedule, it didn't list why he would be visiting the county.
The governor's public schedule typically omits campaign events that he plans to attend.
About 20 minutes after Cuomo's office distributed his public schedule, an updated version was sent. The latest edition of the schedule showed he wouldn't be appearing in Onondaga County after all.
Sources with knowledge of the fundraiser said the event was cancelled. According to Cuomo's campaign, the fundraiser is being rescheduled. Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, who is also seeking re-election this year, will attend a low-dollar fundraiser Friday night at Wolff's Biergarten in Syracuse.
An invitation obtained by The Citizen shows the pricing levels for the Skaneateles event. Guests would pay $1,000, co-hosts would pay $5,000 and the host raises or pays $10,000. For the host and co-hosts, the donations would include access to a host reception.
The invitation also refers recipients to a link, andrewcuomo.com/skaneateles, where they can make online donations.
One possible explanation for the fundraiser's cancellation: The verdict in a corruption trial Thursday involving Alain Kaloyeros, who led Cuomo's Buffalo Billion economic development initiative. Kaloyeros and three developers, including two executives at Syracuse-based COR Development, were found guilty for their roles in the bid-rigging scheme.
But Cuomo did hold a fundraiser Thursday night hours after the verdict was handed down. Famed musician Billy Joel hosted an event at his Long Island home benefiting the governor's re-election campaign.
Cuomo is vying for a third term as governor. He was first elected in 2010 and won re-election in 2014.