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Donald Trump is moving from New York to Florida. Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s response: ‘Good riddance’

ALBANY, N.Y. — Gov. Andrew Cuomo is not lamenting President Donald Trump’s decision to change his residency from his lifelong home of New York to Florida.

“Good riddance,” the Democratic governor said in a statement late Thursday.

The New York Times reported Thursday that Trump, a Republican, and First Lady Melania Trump filed separate “declarations of domicile” in Florida last month, a legal move that shifts his residency from Manhattan to his Mar-A-Lago Club in Palm Beach.

The move means Trump’s permanent residence will no longer be Trump Tower, the Manhattan building that he has long called home. It also means New York will no longer be able to lay claim to being home of the sitting president, though Cuomo — like Trump, a native of the New York City borough of Queens — wasn’t complaining.

President Donald Trump departs O'Hare International Airport after speaking at the International Association of Chiefs of Police Annual Conference and Exposition, Monday, Oct. 28, 2019, in Chicago.

“It’s not like Mr. Trump paid taxes here anyway,” Cuomo said in his statement. “He’s all yours, Florida.”

Trump confirmed the move in a series of tweets Thursday night, criticizing state leaders for what he said was unfair treatment.

“I cherish New York, and the people of New York, and always will, but unfortunately, despite the fact that I pay millions of dollars in city, state and local taxes each year, I have been treated very badly by the political leaders of both the city and state,” the president wrote.

Trump has repeatedly clashed with Cuomo and other Democratic state officials.

Cuomo has repeatedly criticized Trump for the 2017 Republican tax reforms that limited state and local tax deductions to $10,000, a change that disproportionately affected wealthy residents of high-tax states like New York.

State Attorney General Letitia James’ office is currently leading dozens of legal actions challenging the Trump Administration’s policies and actions.

In June, state lawmakers approved a bill allowing the state to release Trump’s state tax returns — which the president has declined to make public — to certain congressional committees, if requested. Cuomo signed the bill into law the next month.

And, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance has subpoenaed Trump’s tax returns, though Trump is fighting the subpoena in federal court.

Trump, meanwhile, has repeatedly lamented the decline of upstate New York from its industrial heyday, telling reporters in February that upstate residents should consider moving.

“If New York isn’t gonna treat them better, I would recommend they go to another state where they can get a great job,” Trump said.

In his tweets Thursday, Trump said his shifting residency “will be best for all concerned.”

“As President, I will always be there to help New York and the great people of New York,” Trump wrote. “It will always have a special place in my heart!”

JCAMPBELL1@gannett.com

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