Skip to comments.She's no (First) Lady: Gov-elect Andrew Cuomo's girlfriend Sandra Lee won't have official title
Posted on 12/31/2010 4:32:22 AM PST by NYer
Governor-elect Andrew Cuomo with Food Network star and girlfriend Sandra Lee in 2009.
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New Yorkers can call her the domestic diva, shortcut cooking queen or the governor's main dish - they just can't call Sandra Lee the First Lady.
The girlfriend of Gov.-elect Andrew Cuomo won't have any official titles, duties or staff.
"Sandra would never expect any taxpayer dollar to support the contributions she makes nor would she want to burden the state in any way," Cuomo spokesman Josh Vlasto said.
That's smart, say etiquette experts, noting the First Lady title doesn't extend to Lee since the duo haven't uttered "I do."
"It's absolutely incorrect to call her the First Lady," said Lyudmila Bloch of Etiquette Outreach, a Manhattan manners school. Instead, she said, dignitaries and constituents should call her Ms. Lee.
The charismatic couple, who met at a Hamptons bash five years ago, won't move into the executive mansion. They'll use their Mount Kisco house as a home base, Vlasto said.
One source added that "She's very much a part of his life and will do whatever he needs."
The 44-year-old Food Network host joins the ranks of Diana Taylor, Mayor Bloomberg's companion, affectionately referred to as "Diana."
"I'm all for modern takes on partnerships, but in this case, unless you are married, I'd refrain from using the title First Lady," said Anna Post of the Emily Post Institute.
Traditionally, the state's First Ladies have had a prominent public role in government as well as a staff and budget.
Lee, a Food Network host and author who boasts a product line, did say last year she'd bring her creative cuisine to the executive mansion.
"I will cook. And do you know what I'm going to bring when I get to the governor's mansion? Great garnishes."
She’s no cook, either.
Sandra will have lots of fun creating "tablescapes" at the Governor's Mansion. Just what New Yorkers need (/sarc).
How about just calling her “The Beard.”
..can she shovel snow?
How about “The Royal Consort?”
Let me guess, they’re waiting to get better situated financially before they can get married? Or maybe, Cuomo wants to pretend that he’s Catholic, so rather than going through all that messy annulment process for a divorcé marrying a divorceé, which may not go their way anyway, they’ll just shack up indefinitely.
In the old days, public figures had the decency to keep this a little more low key. No wonder I don’t let my youngsters read newspapers.
But to you know you can turn the dishwasher into a snow blower just give her a shovel.
Aunt Sandy? First Lush is more like it. Cocktails!
How about slut?
Yep that is her. Google kwanza cake to really cringe in horror.
At least our Florida homo Governor Crist had the decency to marry his “beard” when he ran for the title
UGH!! I can’t stand her no-cooking drunken a**!
Too bad they cut that pic off above her best attributes...
But nobody doesn’t like Sandra Lee.
Sandra Lee and the famous Kwanzaa Cake (Food Network)
More photos! SL is the only reason I watch the Food Channel. (May I suggest the title of “First MILF?”)
Here you are, Elwood.
Attractive?! She’s got a neck longer than a giraffe. You should all be checking out Nigella Lawson for good looks, good food...and other attributes...
Although I’ve read that she’s pretty darned liberal, as evidenced by her boy-toy choice, she’s really done very well for herself. Check her bio. She’s very much a self made woman who supported her family through some very rough times while still very young.
She doesn’t claim to be a terrific chef, nor is she a “Martha Stewart” wannabe, but she’s someone who says anyone can put together a a really nice party without breaking the bank or spending days in the kitchen preparing for it.
Plus, she really is a hottie.
John Wiley publishes cookbooks.
That is a truly strange image, CD.
But on the bright side, as young Andrew further trashes the economy of New York, residents won't be able to move here because they'll never be able to sell their houses in New York.
I pulled up that video the other day. What a joke! Who could eat that nastiness? Who did she bribe for the job she’s got? Aside from what we already know about Cuomo, the fact that he has a person like her in his life tells a lot about him. Yuck!
Don’t worry, folks, when we have our first homosexual couple in the governor’s mansion, they will change their tune and impart full honors on the partner.
Just another move to devalue marriage.
Don't blame me. Elwood asked for more pics of Sandra.
Here's Nigella. Certainly not a giraffe.
Sandra Lee’s “recipes” are similar to what you can find on the back of a can of mushroom soup. Such as take canned tuna, mix with Campbell’s mushroom soup. Add a cup of diced onions and celery. Add pepper and salt and bake in casserole dish for 40 minutes
Andy has ZERO idea of the mess he is about to inherit...NYS is toast, financially...It's gonna be fun, watching...liberals destroy themselves..
Now Emeril was a guy who looked like he had been imbibing...on his old shows that are recycled these days. Other cooks too such as that Louisiana guy on TV 20 years ago. Every recipe called for half a jug of wine. And that English guy Floyd who used to be on TV. He was always drinking wine on the set
The Frugal Gourmet...Jeff what's his name.... His show began to die after he was found having sex with some of the young guys working on the set
Ha! Sorry. I suppose so, but she annoys me to no end. Plus, as my grandma Annie would say, they are ‘living in sin’!
You make a good point about the new Governor. When I saw the new census data with North Carolina’s population growth, I thought, “That’s it! Go to some other state; we’re full up here!”
I would make an exception for more families like yours, though. :)
She is the resident drunk on the FNW.
The Frugal Gourmet...Jeff what's his name.... His show began to die after he was found having sex with some of the young guys working on the set At least Emeril can do more than put together pre-mixed ingredients out of a box, as Sandra Lee does. So could Justin "I ga-ron-tee!" Wilson!
My late grandpa and I used to watch Mr. Wilson and we'd get quite a kick of him taking a nip everytime he would add wine to a recipe.
I remember "The Frugal Gourmet." I never liked him before that news came out, anyway. To be a good cook and remain telegenic even after imbibing takes some real talent.
Sandra Lee's 'talent' seems to consist of the fact that she is easy on the eyes, is jubtabulous, and likes to drink on camera.
Give me Nigella Lawson any day. What a woman...and a chef!
Sandra Lee is the "frightening hell spawn of Kathy Lee Gifford and Betty Crocker who seems on a mission to kill her fans, one meal at a time."
And that is one of the NICER things he has had to say about her.
Gack! (Not to mention, you have to dice the onions and celery??? Too much work ;-)
Awesome. I cheered when the first time I read that!
Count me as one of many who can’t understand how she managed to get two shows. I understand the semi-homeade concept, but it isn’t a level of cooking that needs a show.
I found Avec Eric on Hulu this week and that is one of the best food preparation shows I think I have seen. Eric Ripert (Top Chef, LeBernadin) goes out where the food is grown or wine is produced and you get a mini lesson in agriculture, then he ties it to a featurette in his restaurant, and a recipe for the home chef. And LOTS of wine. I have actually made food from this show and am considering buying the DVD’s.
That show isn’t on any cable network and that’s sad because it’s really good.
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