Andrew Cuomo: Most Corrupt Governor In the Nation?

Victor Furman
Upstate New York Landowner Shale Gas Activist at NYRAD-R

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The list is endless with Andrew Cuomo’s ignorance. He seems to only care about New York City and his financial supporters; not the rest of the state that is struggling. 

I am too old to waste my time on the truth when lies seem to rule NY policy and the policy makers in charge of the future of so many of us who live in the highest taxed most restrictive state in the nation.  One only has to take a drive in Upstate New York’s back country roads to see the amount of “for sale” signs popping up everywhere since Andrew Cuomo’s “Non Scientific Political Decision on Banning Fracking” in which he sold the truth down the road to appease his financial supporters and a handful of special interests.

I have never, in my sixty years on this earth, witnessed the extent of apathy among New York voters I see today. It has resulted in the election and re-election of a man I consider the most corrupt governor in the nation.  Andrew Cuomo has not only ignored the plight of Upstate New York’s failing economy, but has spoon-fed voters the lie that we are on the road to recovery. Below are seven links from which I have taken excerpts for your education and in hopes you will eventually vote this man out of office. There is much more material than this, of course, but these do an effective job, I think in illustrating Cuomo must go.

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1 – NY TimesGov. Cuomo’s Broken Promises, July 23, 2014:

Gov. Andrew Cuomo ran for office four years ago promising first and foremost to clean up Albany. Not only has he not done that, but now he is looking as bad as the forces he likes to attack.

Last year, Mr. Cuomo created an independent commission that he promised could go anywhere — even his own office — to root out corruption. But a report in The Times on Wednesday showed that he never intended to keep that promise. The commission was not independent, and Mr. Cuomo’s aides blocked it whenever it tried to investigate the governor’s office or his biggest supporters.

Mr. Cuomo now says the commission, which he abruptly disbanded to make a deal with the Legislature on an inadequate set of partial reforms, was never supposed to look at his office and that because he created it, he got to call the shots.

That is hardly what Mr. Cuomo led New Yorkers to believe when he formed the Moreland Commission to Investigate Public Corruption and said it would be “totally independent.”

“Anything they want to look at, they can look at — me, the lieutenant governor, the attorney general, the comptroller, any senator, any assemblyman,” he said.

Andrew Cuomo runs Albany much the same way his friend Fidel Castro runs Cuba.  His hopes are for gaining the Cuban-American vote in New York City for a third try (term) at destroying New York State.

2 – International Business TimesNew York Governor Andrew Cuomo Reselling World Series Tickets After Cracking Down On Scalpers, Oct. 28, 2015:

As New Yorkers frantically search for any remaining World Series tickets, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he can help — but only if they are willing to fork over big money to him. Cuomo is auctioning off World Series tickets for an eye-popping $5,500.

As the state’s attorney general in 2010, Cuomo made headlines cracking down on those who obtained free tickets for New York City’s iconic Shakespeare in the Park performances and then sold them online at marked up prices. He decried the ticket scalpers as “unscrupulous operators” for selling the Shakespeare in the Park tickets “on Craigslist for $100 or more per pair” — a far lower price than the one at which Cuomo is now auctioning off Mets tickets for his campaign. To be sure, Cuomo is not just selling tickets to the game: he is also promising the purchasers special access to him at a reception before the first inning.

According to the Buffalo News,

Cuomo will not say whether those owners provided him with special access to buy the tickets for games 4 and 5 that his campaign is now reselling. Tickets for those games have been awarded by lottery to those who do not already have season tickets. On Tuesday, Republican Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin called for an investigation into how Cuomo’s campaign was able to obtain the tickets, calling it a “slap in the face” to fans trying to get tickets through the lottery.

The Buffalo News noted that a “state ethics panel fined Cuomo’s predecessor, David Paterson, $62,000 for seeking and accepting free tickets from the New York Yankees for the 2009 World Series.”

Preet Bharara, should you not be the one investigating why a guy who has more than $50 million in his political war chest needs to scalp tickets for his own political ambitions?

3 – New York Post Empty Promises: Time and Time again, Andrew Cuomo Fails to Deliver, Oct. 29, 2014:

The past four years have been a veritable Cuomo charade parade, with the governor repeatedly trying to fool voters about progress, amid scant improvement in the lives of taxpayers, students, job-seekers, businesses and others.

Remember the Port Authority’s toll hikes his first year? Cuomo (along with NJ Gov. Chris Christie) blew his stack over the astronomical increases.

Agency officials later acknowledged the whole thing was staged — “Hollywood on the Hudson,” they called it — so Cuomo and Christie could feign “shock,” demand smaller hikes and come off as heroes.

Cuomo even went further and vowed a top-to-bottom audit of the PA. Soon after, his administration leaked word that, lo and behold, the review had uncovered massive waste, as he’d predicted. Later we learned that the auditor hadn’t even been chosen yet.

Another ruse began in 2012. Cuomo was expected to end New York’s fracking ban after a key report had OK’d the practice the year before.

Yet that fall, the governor asked his health commissioner to take another look at fracking’s impacts. Two years later, the ban remains — while the governor insists his folks are still hard at work getting “the science” right.

Next, Cuomo rolled out re-election ads disguised as state economic-development promotions. Since the ads were part of the new tax-incentive program START-UP-NY, their $30 million cost was slapped on taxpayers.

Even the ads’ claims are misleading: “There’s a new New York,” they boast. “Start your company in New York, and your first 10 years are tax-free.”

The truth? The program applies to only a tiny fraction of the state, in areas near certain colleges and under certain conditions. All other businesses face the same-old, sky-high taxes.

Andrew Cuomo, going on five years now, has stuffed Upstate New Yorkers with head cheese and told them it was filet mignon!

4 – Daily KosAndrew Cuomo Breaks All Promises, Except to Republicans, Nov. 10, 2014:

Once upon a time, NY’s odious Gov. Andrew Cuomo promised to be a good Democrat in order to hold off a spirited challenge from the Working Families Party. He fed them a bunch of bullshit about pursuing their policies (promises he broke literally the next day), and also promised to help Democrats regain the state Senate.

The clueless dolts at the Working Families Party bought it, as did people like NY Mayor Bill de Blasio, despite Cuomo’s entire history of being a raging asshole. Everyone came together for the good of New York Democrats.

Except that at the same time, Cuomo was making promises to another group of people.

The state’s most powerful Republican secretly worked for months to help Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo win re-election — in exchange for Cuomo’s promise not to aid Senate Democrats in their Long Island races, a top New York GOP leader has charged.

Now one may say, “Why should we believe some sour-grapes Republican running to the NY Post making these claims”? The reason is obvious: because Cuomo did absolutely zero to help NY Senate Democrats win. He withheld endorsements, raised no money, made no joint campaign appearances, and even undermined several Democratic candidates.

So given promises to Democrats and Republicans regarding this November’s elections, Cuomo decided to fulfill the promises he made to Republicans, while making a mockery of those he made to Democrats and the idiot Working Families Party.

Andrew Cuomo

Nope, still not presidential material. Not that he ever was.

Andrew Cuomo has turned the word “despicable” Into what seem to be a wanna-be platform from which to run in the 2016 (as if he still has the slightest chance).  He is as vain as an politician ever born. He endorses Hillary Clinton for President but, no doubt, hopes she collapses and the world turns to him (assuming he doesn’t get indicted first). He endorsed Barbara Fiala as the Democratic nominee for the New York 52nd Senate district in the special election and then abandoned her in her efforts with no support at all.  Is it because he wants a Republican Senate?

5 – New York TimesGovernor’s Primary in New York, Aug. 28, 2014:

More than four years ago, while announcing his campaign for governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo stood in front of the Tweed Courthouse in downtown Manhattan and said Albany’s antics “could make Boss Tweed blush.”

New York had had enough corruption, he said, and he was going to put a stop to it. “Job 1 is going to be to clean up Albany,” he said, “and make the government work for the people.”

Mr. Cuomo became governor on that platform and recorded several impressive achievements, but he failed to perform Job 1. The state government remains as subservient to big money as ever, and Mr. Cuomo resisted and even shut down opportunities to fix it. Because he broke his most important promise, we have decided not to make an endorsement for the Democratic primary on Sept. 9

Clean up Albany, Andrew Cuomo? The Moreland Commission fiasco told us just how sincere you were about that.  Prove you meant it by resigning your office, so New York can get back to being “The Empire State.”

6 – New York TimesShift by Cuomo on Gas Drilling Prompts Both Anger and Praise, Sept. 30, 2012:

Mr. Cuomo told reporters last week that the commission of yet another study on fracking did not signal an end to the process.

“We’ve said all along that the decision will be made based on the science, right?” he said. “It was not predetermined, it was not a political position, let’s get the facts, let’s make a decision on the facts. I understand the emotion, I deal with the emotion every day on both sides of the issue, right? So we get the emotion, we get the rhetoric, we get the hyperbole. Let’s get some facts and data and some science, and we’ll make the decision on the science, which is what should be done here.”

The governor has also said that he sees the additional health study as a way to mitigate future lawsuits.

In his decision to ban High Volume Hydraulic Fracturing (HVHF) in New York, Cuomo not only did not listen to the science; he didn’t begin to understand it, as he referred to not wanting a three-year old child to fall down a gas well hole.  In case you don’t realize the ignorance of this statement, a gas well opening is not left open and is only four inches in diameter. Dr. Zucker refered to non-completed studies and documents “peer reviewed”  by anti-drilling groups.

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7 – NY Shale Gas Now! – NY Media Step in as Cuomo’s Left Guard: Fending Off Upstate’s Suit for Shale Gas, Feb. 16, 2014:

Given six years of Nearing’s (and others’) preposterously unbalanced regional media coverage — is it any wonder that New Yorkers are split on fracking?

The anti side has truly done a masterful job in demonstrating the political power of this kind of pressure — on some level, professionally organized, but coming across to the media as carried out by a sympathy-inducing, grassroots army of the panic-stricken.  This campaign has been positively welcomed as a legitimate crusade, or as an interest-heightening crisis, by the likes of the TU’s Brian Nearing, public radio’s Karen Dewitt and Susan Arbetter, Gannett’s former Tom Wilber, Capital New York’s Scott Waldman, and many others.  But true balance with the full context — true balance with the rest of the story — has been given a valiant attempt by pretty much only one reporter statewide — Jon Campbell of Gannett.  And even he could do much more, and much better, in my estimation.  (On the other hand, the anti effort has been unfairly dismissed in full by only one primary voice, Fred Dicker of the New York Post.)

I urge anyone to simply compare how this issue is covered by most of PA versus, say, most of NY; or by public radio in PA versus public radio in NY; or by Binghamton, NY, versus Albany, NY; or by Campbell versus Nearing.  It is truly remarkable that all this disparity in fact and tone and angle is supposed to flow out of objective coverage of essentially the same issue.

The media has played a huge role in the New York HVHF ban and in creating the most corrupt governor in the nation.  Some even admitted they didn’t care how safe drilling was; they were against it and were going to use their publications to stop drilling here in New York. Who can forget all the negative articles proven false a day or two after they were written or televised, with no retractions or corrections from the media? I cannot and will not forget. The combination of a corrupt governor and a corrupt media have devastated Upstate New York and the only way to reverse things is to lay the groundwork for replacing him after he’s indicted or his term is up.

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18 thoughts on “Andrew Cuomo: Most Corrupt Governor In the Nation?

  1. Received from one of our readers, who prefers to remain anonymous –

    Prescription for re-election as a Democratic governor:

    1. Delay all executive decisions until you can produce a study that supports your preconceived notion of what the decision should be, even if it takes six years to convince professional people to abandon their scientific credentials solely for your personal political gain.

    2. Re-define (to your liking) every word that otherwise would negatively characterize your policies, your politics, and your ethics.

    3. Exaggerate your intelligence to get elected, but play dumb every time you lie, cheat, or ignore the law in favor of some crony.

    4. Sell your soul and your self-respect to rich ‘Camelot’ in-laws so that you feel that you are part of the social elite, even though behind your back they still think that you are gauche, proletariat, ill-mannered and ill-bred.

  2. “Andrew Cuomo: Most Corrupt Governor In the Nation”?

    Without a doubt! It’s amazing that Rip Van Cuomo just can’t eradicate that ever present stupid look from his face. If he is really serious about the dangers of dirty hydro fracked natural gas, why doesn’t he just ban it from being piped into New York City, where they are using more dirty hydro fracked natural gas fuel than anywhere else in the world? Not to mention that the Governors Mansion should also ban that same dirty hydro fracked natural gas too. Just don’t bet on it ever happening.

  3. This guy is just a trust fund turd. I’m from New York City and had to move to Albany because the city has been decimated by rich people, and Cuomo and Guliani sold that place out to real estate developers and landlords decades ago. Albany actually is worse than NY in terms of stupidity, patronage, and rampant corruption. They’ve been doing it for so long, it’s imbedded in their psyche. King Cuomo should just run for president already, and stop his fake, arrogant BS.

  4. Maybe you and your family should live on top of a fracking well and drink the poison flammable water for a while. Then when you’re all sick and dying we’ll see how much of an advocate you really are.

  5. Cuomo is destroying home rule (the right for towns to decide for themselves). Thousands upstate who live near wind farms seriously hate the scumbag for allowing wind turbines 1,000 feet from homes. Rather than abiding by local zoning–Cuomo overruled it with new laws and his henchmen.

    This group, the NRA, and home owners living next to wind farms need to unite.

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  8. We have no one to blame but ourselves. WE THE PEOPLE must stand and fight these corrupt elected officials that all become millionaires. All we need to do is not pay our taxes !! New York is the HIGHEST TAXED STATE because of corruption. This is the easiest way to take back what is ours. No violence, no protesting just immediate simple action that’s very simple. Call your bank see what the just the real estate taxes are and pay just your mortgage. THE BANKS WILL MAKE THREATS THEY CANT KEEP but if your willing to fight the good fight and many do they have no choice but to do as we say. Those that have already separated tax and mortgage simply don’t pay the taxes. This is clearly the most effective way to stop the corruption and drain the swamp. These crooks are supposed to represent us and all they do is take from us. We must go back to the constitution and fully apply it to all government as we can no longer TRUST them. There’s a lot of us and a few of them so make a stand and fight for what has been taken from WE THE PEOPLE.

  9. Governor Moron Cuomo

    Is a loser who is keeping the state closed and forcing people to lose their house and business to make the President look bad. The reason he is keeping New York closed is because he is going all the other Democrat loser governor and trying to kill the economy to make Trump look bad. I am all for safety on this this covid-19, but we need to go back to work.

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