From left: Governor Andrew Cuomo, Real Estate Board of New York President Steve Spinola and Tishman Speyer President Rob SpeyerDuring the quiet month of December in an off-election year, a political lobbying group led by REBNY President Steve Spinola and Tishman Speyer President Rob Speyer has spent $2.8 million praising Governor Andrew Cuomo in television ads, the Wall Street Journal reported.
The ads, approved by the three-person executive team of the Committee to Save New York (the third member is Kathryn Wylde, president of the Partnership for New York City), claim that despite challenges Cuomo is “getting things done,” including creating a solid jobs plan and lowering taxes. It comes on the heels of the committee’s decision to support legalizing casino gambling in the state, five days after Cuomo penned a newspaper op-ed backing the initiative.
The Committee to Save New York aims to counter labor unions’ heavy influence in Albany and has spent $12.5 million lobbying on behalf of Cuomo this year, more than any other group, according to a non-profit watchdog group. [WSJ]