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Marc Molinaro criticizes Andrew Cuomo over Cadillac grant

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro, Republican candidate for

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro, Republican candidate for governor, and Julie Killian, his running mate for lieutenant governor. Credit: AP / Richard Drew

Republican gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro on Tuesday criticized Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and his administration for providing Cadillac with $1 million to upgrade its Manhattan office, calling the funding a corporate giveaway to a campaign contributor.

“What was Governor Cuomo thinking? Giving $1 million in taxpayers’ money to Cadillac?” said Molinaro, the Dutchess County executive.

A state agency, Empire State Development, approved the Cadillac grant earlier this year, according to the New York Post. The carmaker moved its headquarters from Detroit to New York in 2015; Cuomo attended the grand opening in 2016, according to a news release from his office.

Molinaro noted Cuomo has received more than $30,000 in campaign contributions from a General Motors political action committee during the past several years. Citing other grants for high-profile projects under Cuomo, the Republican admonished the governor for “taking money from taxpayers and cutting checks to businesses that don’t need it.”

Cadillac is a division of GM.

Cuomo’s campaign didn’t respond to a request for comment, but directed questions to Empire State Development.

Agency spokeswoman Amy Varghese said the grant leveraged $13 million in private investment and contributed to building a “strong pro-business climate” in New York.

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