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Cuomo's war chest at $4.2 million

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has taken a relative breather from the fundraising circuit since his November election, but he still has a campaign war chest of $4.2 million.

The Democratic governor's campaign Tuesday submitted a report to the state Board of Elections that it raised $218,000 in the period between Nov. 25 and Jan. 14, with expenditures of nearly $1 million.

The $4.2 million balance is down from the $5 million he had on hand at the end of November.

Cuomo has said he will dip into his campaign account to run counteradvertising if critics, such as labor unions, mount ad campaigns against his upcoming budget proposal. Such past ad campaigns by groups such as health care and public employee unions have put a dent in the political support of previous governors.

Since the end of November, Cuomo's major donations include $25,000 from Buffalo lawyer Steven J. Weiss; $5,000 each from Buffalo companies with the same address named ETC Commercial Inc. and Mineola Contracting Ltd.; and $25,000 apiece from Long Island-based Jackson Builders and New Yorkers for Affordable Housing.

Several members of the wealthy Jacobs family in Buffalo reported a total of $4,500 of in-kind contributions to Cuomo. The New Jersey State Laborers' Political Action Committee gave Cuomo a $24,000 in-kind contribution.

The nearly $1 million in expenses were for a variety of services -- from restaurants and hotels to airline tickets and consultants. The expenses included $47,000 to the State of New York for costs associated with Cuomo's Jan. 1 inauguration.

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