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Cuomo making stealth visit to Buffalo for fundraiser

ALBANY – When Gov. Andrew Cuomo stops by Buffalo, he grabs lots of attention with bold announcements about new funding for big and small programs.

On his trip to Buffalo today, mum’s the word.

The governor’s public schedule has him in Buffalo at some point Tuesday or Tuesday night, but his office is declining to say why the governor is making the trip.

But the select few who have gotten the invite say Cuomo is attending a fundraiser on behalf of his political campaign.

Where? Even people attending or those who know about it say they can’t reveal its location.

It’s at somebody’s home. It’s uncertain who that person is. And it’s believed to be somewhere in Buffalo, though a precise location is unavailable.

Asked what the minimum entry fee is to the governor’s fundraiser today, one source would only say: “Five digits.’’ The source described it as an intimate gathering of big donors.

Asked via email this afternoon if the governor is traveling to Buffalo via state aircraft, a Cuomo spokesman did not respond.

Cuomo, a prolific fundraiser, has been a regular visitor over his six years in office to Buffalo in order to help raise money for his gubernatorial campaign committee. In July, the most recent reporting period at the state elections board for statewide candidates, Cuomo listed a campaign bank account balance of $19 million. It is uncertain yet if he will run for a third term in 2018.

Donors recently spent up to $50,000 apiece to attend a Cuomo fundraiser on his birthday at an event hosted by Robert DeNiro and other celebrities. Tonight's Buffalo fundraiser comes a day before TV chef Mario Batali is among those hosting a $10,000 per person dinner party to raise money for Cuomo's campaign.

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