Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo appealed on Facebook this week for state residents to remember those in need, especially people in the Buffalo area recovering from the epic snowfall.
“To help those affected by the recent snowstorm, please consider donating to anti-hunger charities like Food Bank of WNY and Meals on Wheels for WNY working on disaster relief,” he posted.
To illustrate his point, Cuomo used a photo of snow-covered house in hard-hit South Buffalo.
And who lives in that house?
Wealthy real estate developer Carl P. Paladino, who ran against Cuomo four years ago for governor.
When one of Paladino’s staff brought the governor’s Facebook post to his attention Wednesday morning, Paladino shared the post on his own Facebook page.
“Hmmmm ..... This is from Cuomo’s Facebook page,” Paladino posted. “Just wondering if he knows this is my house?”
Paladino didn’t mind Cuomo featuring his house in his plea for donations to the Food Bank and Meals on Wheels.
To the contrary, Paladino said, he’s a donor to other charitable organizations and thinks any call for assistance to the needy is a good gesture.
“I have no anxiety about them using my house,” he said. “I’m just curious as to if they knew what they were doing when they took the picture.”
Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz gave Cuomo a tour of storm-ravaged South Buffalo on Friday and made it a point to tell people on Twitter that, at one point, they all stopped in front of Paladino’s house during the tour.
Paladino wasn’t home at the time. He had one of his company’s contractors clear his driveway with a payloader last Thursday because he said his dog, Duke, was irritated at the prospect of sitting home with him a moment longer.
Paladino said he left his house that afternoon and didn’t return home that night. He added that he wasn’t sorry he missed Cuomo but was a little sorry he missed Poloncarz, whom he said he actually likes.
The big unanswered question: Do you think Cuomo and Paladino are Facebook friends?