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Cuomo, Duffy incomes each at $200,000 level

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo had a total income slightly above $200,000 last year, below the $235,000 made by Lt. Gov. Robert J. Duffy and his wife, according to tax returns released Tuesday.

Between his state salary as attorney general and investments led by interest on government bonds, Cuomo reported on his state filing a total income of $200,160. For federal tax purposes, he reported an adjusted gross income of $148,609.

The governor reported a federal refund of $8,050 on a total federal tax obligation of $25,369. He had to write Albany a check, however, for $3,582 with his tax filing Tuesday. Part of that was to cover $6,400 in New York City income taxes. In all, he paid $18,631 in state and local income taxes.

The governor lives with his girlfriend, Sandra Lee, in a home she owns in Westchester County. Cuomo put down on his state tax form that he stayed 365 days last year in New York City. John Milgrim, a Cuomo spokesman, said the governor, who also shares an apartment in Manhattan with Lee, listed that he maintained New York City living quarters out of "an abundance of caution" to be certain he paid the full local income tax that was due.

The governor listed no deductions for property tax payments; Milgrim said Cuomo and Lee share in the costs, including property taxes, for her Westchester County home.

The governor's income included $143,870 in state wages as attorney general, retirement contributions by the state, and interest and dividends on various investments, which included $47,018 on federally tax-exempt bond made through AMG National Trust Bank, a Colorado-based investment bank.

Cuomo and Duffy both made no contributions to the eight different voluntary check-off funds, but Cuomo reported a $10,000 donation to HELP USA, a housing group. Duffy and his wife, Barbara, reported $2,825 in clothing and household donations to Goodwill Industries and $3,445 in cash donations; the administration declined to provide details of the Duffy cash donations but included contributions to United Way.

Duffy's income included $122,879 for his former job as mayor of Rochester and $42,600 his wife made in a former job at St. John Fisher College. Duffy brought in an additional $70,255 in a pension from his years on the Rochester police force.

State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli last week reported income of $166,976; he also reported receiving $12,629 from a property tax settlement by his Long Island condominium association.

Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, meanwhile, reported on his federal returns an adjusted gross income of $99,256 last year; until December, he was a state senator from Manhattan. Schneiderman, though, did liquidate $790,000 in dozens of investments; he used part of the money to help fund his statewide campaign last year and to pay part of his daughter's college costs.

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