Meet Sandra Lee, The Soon-To-Be First Girlfriend Of NY

MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. (CBS 2) — She’s a star on the Food Network known for her “tablescape” decorations, her all-American meals, and her trademark call for cocktails.

Now 44-year-old Sandra Lee will be carrying her tablecloths to the New York governor’s mansion as Governor-elect Andrew Cuomo’s girlfriend, reports CBS 2’s Derricke Dennis.

Jeanne Marie and Carol David were heading into Chelsea Market, home of the Food Network, on Wednesday. There, Sandra Lee is a big name – and has a bigger paycheck than Cuomo.

So does that make her the breadwinner?

“No pun intended! But I bet you it’s semi-homemade bread!” Marie said, referring to Lee’s renowned “semi-homemade meals.”

RELATED: Sandra Lee’s Tips On Cooking, Cocktails And Convenience

Lee’s popularity is rising, with two Food Network shows, a collection of best-selling cookbooks, and a magazine. She’s even won over one of the first daughters, 13-year-old Michaela Kennedy Cuomo, who congratulated her father and his girlfriend exclusively to CBS 2.

“I love her. She’s really nice and everything is good, and I’m glad that he won,” Michaela said.

The couple lives together in a home in Mount Kisco, New York. However, Cuomo will eventually get the keys to the governor’s mansion in Albany, raising questions over whether his girlfriend should be spending the night on the taxpayers’ dime.

State Conservative Party Chair Mike Long said he sees nothing wrong with the governor having a girlfriend.

“As long as it’s not abused, it’s not a taxpayers issue,” Long said.

And if she were to move in permanently?

“Well, that’s something he has to decide to do, and that’s something the world will judge down the road if that happens,” Long said.

The Governor’s Office of General Services sees no issue. In a statement, the office said, “The mansion is the governor’s residence.”

Some say the governor’s mansion is not like Gracie Mansion, where only the mayor’s family may live and where overnight stays are prohibited.

Thanks to a successful career, though, Sandra Lee can set her table anywhere.

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  1. Mrs. Sanchez says:

    The governor is as much human as the rest of us and so is Sandra Lee. Leave your negativity in your mind. Stop with the unpleasant comments. Those kinds of comments affect the youth in this country in the first place. What is appropriate, really? what is normal? There is no answer to that. We make are best to survive in this life because lets face it, we only live once. So stop waiting your time with negativity and enjoy life. That’s what God intended us to do in the first place.

    1. Mrs. Sanchez says:

      The governor is as much human as the rest of us and so is Sandra Lee. Leave your negativity in your mind. Stop with the unpleasant comments. Those kinds of comments affect the youth in this country in the first place. What is appropriate, really? what is normal? There is no answer to that. We make are best to survive in this life because lets face it, we only live once. So stop wasting your time with negativity and enjoy life. That’s what God intended us to do in the first place.

  2. Ann says:

    I don’t think it is at all appropriate for the Governor of any state to have a live-in girlfriend. What kind of message are we sending to our young? Perhaps they should get married if they want to live together.

  3. M.B. Patterson says:

    What a blubbering idiot you are, JohnMarin. Ms. Lee is a beautiful, well educated, and highly successful business woman, who, as the article points out, outearns the governor-elect very considerably. You’re wrong on every count, idiot, Ms. Lee does not resemble Kerry Kennedy, whose own good looks are very Kennedyesque. You should be embarassed.

  4. neo says:

    This is why I’m thankful for Food Network Humor. If you want to know the truth about Aunt drunky, go there.

  5. JohnMarin says:

    Cuomo is a good guy who unfortunately married a woman of little scruples. And this may appear a look alike of his first wife, Kerry Kennedy who cuckolded Andrew with one of his best friends. In Sicily the unwritten code of honor would have required that his wife be dispatched in the same manner as her father Robert Kennedy.

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