It is perhaps the most spectacular perk of the governor's job: a 40-room Victorian mansion, with a full-time domestic staff, on six rolling acres above the Hudson River.
But since Mario M. Cuomo left 16 years ago, the house has been oddly unloved, shunned by a procession of governors who had fancier addresses elsewhere or just wanted to escape the eerie desolation of Albany.
That neglect is about to end.
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