Even the governor of New York can overstay his welcome at his own holiday party.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo secured a free holiday soiree for his staff donated by posh Upper West Side American bistro Ouest and its chef-owner Tom Valenti on Dec. 18. But after a few hours of food and free-flowing booze at an open bar, Cuomo’s staff didn’t want to leave.
A witness told us: “Cuomo staffers, including the governor, himself, and his girlfriend Sandra Lee, overstayed their welcome. They were seen being politely, but firmly, guided out of the door by restaurant workers around 8 p.m.”
The gov showed up at the beginning of the shindig at 5:30 p.m. in a festive mood. “He was very friendly, relaxed and approachable,” Valenti told us. “He mingled with everyone. When he arrived at the restaurant, he beelined to the kitchen and asked, ‘Do I need to taste test anything?’ ” Cuomo also made a toast with a speech thanking his staff.
Cuomo’s guests chowed down on foods such as New York state cheeses, chilled shrimp, charcuterie and goat cheese mousse with pickled beets. They washed down the finger foods with unlimited New York state wines.
With the drinks flowing, our witness said by 8 p.m., the restaurant crew was ushering merry Cuomo staffers, including the governor himself, out of the door.
Don't be sad for Governor Cuomo, though - there's always a home for him over in New Jersey:
Gov. Chris Christie dined with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in New Jersey on Tuesday, officials confirmed.
The two governors met privately for lunch at Il Villaggio in Carlstadt, Christie spokeswoman Maria Comella said. However, Christie’s office wouldn’t say how long the lunch lasted or the purpose of the get-together.
Comella confirmed the pair dined privately today, but declined to provide additional comment.
A spokesperson for Cuomo’s office didn’t immediately respond to comment about today’s lunch.
Were they coordinating their Bridgegate cover story?
Colluding on toll hikes and PATH fare increases?
Going over talking points for their next joint presser?
Hatching plans to retaliate against Rob Astorino for having the audacity to run against Sheriff Andy?
Who knows what they were meeting about, but you can be sure whatever it was, it was sneaky and underhanded.
Hope Cuomo picked up the check.
Clearly he didn't pay a dime for his staff's "soiree."