In Andrew Cuomo’s bitter child support battle with ex Kerry Kennedy

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo has fought in private for years against ex-wife Kerry Kennedy over “substantial” child support payments for their three children, The Post reported.

Two sources close to the Kennedy family – two well-known people – told the Post that Cuomo, 58, and Kennedy, 56, had been involved in sometimes bitter tours and assisted by a lawyer for “substantial amounts” of money. child support over the past two and a half years and reached agreement on some of the financial obligations just two weeks ago.

Since then, the sources said, a battle has continued over “education and health care” payments for 20-year-old girls Cara and Mariah, who attend Harvard and Brown universities, respectively, and Michaela, 18, who recently graduated. from high school months after being taken to Westchester County Medical Center after an unexplained incident in which she was found unconscious at her mother’s home.

The remaining dispute was apparently resolved on Friday night – just hours after The Post learned about what is, for Cuomo, a politically embarrassing situation.

One of the sources said he actually hoped that knowing The Post was working on a report on the situation would convince the governor to quickly settle the dispute with Kennedy, daughter of former Senator Robert F. Kennedy. – if only to avoid what was certain to be negative publicity.

“Kerry was on edge because nothing seemed to convince him [Cuomo] do the right thing, ” a source close to Kennedy said.

“Andrew hasn’t paid child support or alimony for the past two and a half years until a few weeks ago, and then he continued to put aside payments for education and care. health, which he is required to pay.

Kerry Kennedy and Andrew Cuomo with their daughters, Cara (from left), Michaela and Mariah.PA

“It was just kind of a drip, drip, drip,” the source said.

The second source, who has been close to Kennedy for years, said he learned over many months of Cuomo’s alleged conduct, which he found shocking.

Cuomo, who gets paid $ 179,000 a year as governor, certainly doesn’t have a problem making money. He earned $ 550,000 in 2014 on his salary and received just under $ 377,000 for his book, “Everything is possible, ” which was published last fall by HarperCollins.

He has also received free accommodation in the Executive Mansion at Albany and lives in a $ 1.2 million home in Westchester owned by his longtime girlfriend, Food Network celebrity chef Sandra Lee.

Cuomo, a former New York attorney general, and Kennedy jointly released two statements denying having had any financial disputes Friday night, shortly after the Post’s initial investigation, and then again on Saturday.

“We know the Post asked if we were having difficulty co-parenting our three daughters,” the first statement began.

“Let’s be crystal clear; in terms of education, decisions and professional or financial relationships, we have no problem to dispute. Over the past 10 years, we have successfully adapted to the needs and growth of our children.

“Our three daughters are healthy and blessed and they couldn’t do better. As for the Post hearing rumors of contention, this is just unfounded and false gossip, and as such posting it would be hurtful and inaccurate, ” he concluded.

The second statement insisted, “Kerry speaks for herself and only she would know the truth.”

One of the Post’s sources said Kennedy agreed to sign the joint statement with Cuomo “[because] he eventually agreed to make the payments he hadn’t made ” and “out of a desire to protect his daughters as much as possible”.

Tensions between Cuomo and Kennedy simmered for years as the two were married and exploded into a nasty divorce battle in 2003 – a year after Cuomo, a former Federal Housing Secretary, lost his first race for the post of governor – following revelations that Kennedy was having an affair with wealthy married family friend who plays polo, Bruce Colley.


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