Because I’ve been assuming that.
— Ed Morrissey (@EdMorrissey) September 6, 2014
I mean, it shouldn’t be meaningless:
New York had had enough corruption, [Andrew Cuomo] 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 [the NYT made a silly claim here], 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.
…but it is, for the basic and simple reason that Andrew Cuomo will win the Democratic nomination for Governor of New York; and once that happens the endorsement of him by the NYT in the general election will be as inevitable as the sunrise. Put another way, Glenn Thrush is precisely right, here: (more…)
Oh my, oh my, oh my.
With Albany rocked by a seemingly endless barrage of scandals and arrests, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo set up a high-powered commission last summer to root out corruption in state politics. It was barely two months old when its investigators, hunting for violations of campaign-finance laws, issued a subpoena to a media-buying firm that had placed millions of dollars’ worth of advertisements for the New York State Democratic Party.
The investigators did not realize that the firm, Buying Time, also counted Mr. Cuomo among its clients, having bought the airtime for his campaign when he ran for governor in 2010.
…the New York Times maybe-possibly-glumly goes on at that point; I’ll give the summary, for people who don’t want to click through. Basically, the governor’s office quashed the subpoena, which was part of a general rule of quietly killing any corruption-related investigation that might have a chance of a possibility of a potential to make Gov. Andrew Cuomo look bad. And the excuse offered by Gov. Cuomo’s office? “While [Gov. Cuomo] allowed the commission the independence to investigate whatever it wanted, the governor’s office said, it would have been a conflict for a panel he created to investigate his own administration.” (more…)
Democratic gun-grabbers (including their staff). They just won’t take firearm possession seriously:
The Cuomo administration has obtained a waiver to allow the head of the state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services to carry a handgun at work.
The required sign-off from a law barring state employees from packing a weapon at their workplace came from the state Office of General Services four days after the Times Union published a story about DHSES Commissioner Jerome M. Hauer using his handgun’s laser sighting attachment as a pointer in a meeting with a Swedish delegation.
The Daily Caller goes on to note:
Officials at the meeting said “that three Swedish emergency managers in the delegation were rattled when the gun’s laser tracked across one of their heads before Hauer found the map of New York, at which he wanted to point,” according to the Times Union.
This is one of the better Photoshops that I’ve seen:
— Kathryn Jean Lopez (@kathrynlopez) January 18, 2014
Background at the link: suffice it to say that Andrew Cuomo said something very, very politically stupid about pro-lifers Friday, and while it may or may not actually keep him from being re-elected this year it will be an albatross around his neck in 2016, as well as any hypothetical federal appointments down the line. Or, ooh, maybe he’ll get tagged in for the 2016 Veep nomination! That’d be sweet.
Because to Governor Andrew Cuomo – not to mention Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand – old people are just numbers on a screen. Numbers on a screen that don’t reliably vote Democratic, to boot. The background is that New York’s Medicare Advantage program is having doctors being removed wholesale from the network: “one health carrier alone, UnitedHealthcare, is terminating contracts with up to 2,100 doctors serving 8,000 Medicare Advantage patients in the New York metro region.” This is causing not a little anger and, frankly, despair:
Alfred Gargiulio, who has cerebral palsy with a seizure disorder, has been seeing Leibowitz [a doctor affected by this] since 1993. “Obama had said I could keep my doctor. Now they’re doing away with my doctor. They kicked him out! After 20 years, that’s not right. We love Dr. Leibowitz,” said Gargiulio.
Another patient, Wilma Streicher, 76, was equally baffled. “Of course I want to keep Dr. Leibowitz. I don’t see why they want to push him out,” she said.
There’s just something so… anticipatory… about hearing that a state senator was wearing a wire. Welcome to New York!
Almost a quarter of the state Senate’s Democratic conference was in the FBI’s cross hairs last year, according to a court filing unsealed Wednesday.
Last summer, federal investigators asked state Sen. Shirley Huntley to invite six Democratic colleagues to her Queens home and record their conversations. According to a sentencing memo written by Huntley’s lawyer, the former lawmaker told prosecutors — who had charged her with siphoning money from a nonprofit group for which she secured state money — that she “had knowledge of what she believed to be corruption involving [nine] public officials.”
Huntley, a grandmother and former PTA leader, taped them all.
Governor Cuomo did this epically, admitting that the restrictions on magazine possession that he pushed through and signed into law earlier in the year are too flawed to exist, and need to be repealed.
“There is no such thing as a seven-bullet magazine. That doesn’t exist. So you really have no practical option.” – Andrew Cuomo
So why the [expletive deleted] did you sign it in the first place, you jumped-up, bed-hopping imbecile?
Moe Lane (crosspost)
PS: This [expletive deleted]-head wants to replace the aforementioned impractical law with one that would only make it illegal to load more than seven bullets into a magazine. Just in case you were thinking that I was being unkind by calling Andrew Cuomo an ‘imbecile.’
Alternate title: Son, you’re on your own.
The New York state budget currently under negotiation may be remembered years from now as the beginning of the end for many small towns, cities and school districts.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo had tough words Friday for local officials facing fiscal crises and seeking more help from Albany, telling them they should consolidate services or whole governments and school districts rather than looking for relief from Albany.
(H/T: Instapundit) Translation: Andrew Cuomo has made all of the tentative, half-hearted attempts that he dared to rein in public sector unions. Any further shortfalls in revenue will simply have to be borne by the local authorities. If they don’t like that, well, they should have joined a public sector union. (more…)
Via Instapundit, I’m getting the impression that Andrew Cuomo is apparently very good at turning small PR problems into bigger PR problems. Short version: guy in the state government (Mike Fayette) talks to the press (the Adirondack Daily Enterprise) when he apparently wasn’t supposed to. Fayette gets in trouble for it. Rather than get fired, he retires. So far, so… whatever, man. Only the Daily Enterprise on Wednesday published a story on the subject of Fayette’s forced retirement. And that’s when this story gets a little eyebrow-raising:
On Thursday, livid that an engineer in the Adirondacks was being portrayed as a victim of Mr. Cuomo’s penchant for control, a top aide to the governor, Howard B. Glaser, took to the airwaves. He read aloud Mr. Fayette’s disciplinary history, describing him as a troubled employee who had previously been penalized for having an improper relationship with a subordinate, misusing his work e-mail to send sexually explicit messages and using his state-assigned vehicle for personal errands.
As you can see, I’ve stolen the new tagline for the site from New York State Senator Ruben Diaz Sr. (D), who in this particular case thinks that you should know that Andrew Cuomo (D) has nominated a substandard person (Jenny Rivera) for the State Court of Appeals, largely because she has a Hispanic last name.
I know nothing else about what’s going on here, really. Can’t say that I’m worried about that, given that I don’t need to know more than: Explosions are pretty.
It’s ‘alarming’ mostly from the point of view of a partisan Republican, mind you – well, it’s probably alarming to a partisan Democrat, too, if for completely different reasons. From the point of view of somebody living in New York it’s probably more like ‘a reassuring start.’ My RedState colleague Mark Impomeni breaks it down: 3% reduced state spending (including state worker layoffs), education/health care cuts, closing the budget gap without new taxes – and an end to the 2% extra surcharge on incomes over $200,000 (which also made it effectively a tax on small businesses). And then there’s this recent quote that Mark found:
“The working families of New York cannot afford tax increases. The answer is going to have to be that we’re going to have to reduce government spending,” [Cuomo] said.
That’s… unexpectedly sensible, coming from a Northeast Democrat. It’s not even remotely perfect: the above is the most basic fiscal first aid that Governor Cuomo can apply to New York’s underlying budgetary problems. Government spending should be cut more; the existing regulatory regime choking the state’s entrepreneurs must be, frankly, gutted; and taxes are too high. It’s probably too much to expect that Cuomo will be able to fight his own party in curing New York, but at least he’s doing something to stabilize the patient…
PS: Mark also notes – correctly – that a lot of this sounds a bit like what Chris Christie is doing in New Jersey. I suggest that Governor Cuomo meditate on the words of
Mark Twain (apparently we don’t know who said this first):
Immature writers borrow. Mature writers steal.