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After Scandals, Cuomo Wants to Expand Powers to Prosecute Corruption

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Back-to-back corruption cases involving state lawmakers have put Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the awkward position of defending Albany culture under his watch while admitting more needs to be done. To start, he said, corruption should be easier to prosecute in New York.

On Tuesday, Cuomo surrounded himself with a half dozen county district attorneys and changes to align state bribery statutes with federal law and to strengthen penalties for those convicted. And he wants to make it a new criminal misdemeanor if a public official sees something and doesn't say something.

“If you believe to the best of your information that there is a corrupt incident going on, or an attempt at corrupting a public official, you have a duty to come forward and report it,” the governor said.

US Attorney Preet Bharara called corruption in New York rampant as he announced federal bribery charges against state and city lawmakers last week, and he shamed lawmakers for staying quiet.

Cuomo also said that his overall reform proposal will include public campaign financing in state elections and may update election laws to would reduce the hurdles for candidates to get on the ballot.

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Comments [2]

Mike RS

Corruption? Self dealing? You mean like this: Obtaining luxury seats for himself and top aides at the Buffalo Bills’ stadium in a deal to keep the state’s only NFL team from leaving. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/22/nyregion/deal-will-give-cuomo-administration-luxury-suite-at-bills-stadium.html?ref=nyregion&_r=1&

Apr. 10 2013 09:40 PM
Mike RS

Another example of Cuomo rushing to pass laws based upon media attention. We don't need fast laws, we need good laws. We don't need a hysterical Governor acting like chicken little. Under Cuomo NY has experienced the demise of 39,453 NY state businesses last year, Cuomo is raiding $1.75 billion from the reserves of the off-budget State Insurance Fund (SIF). Coumo can not even hold on to his democratic majority which is in the middle of a corruption scandal and “show-me-the-money culture” and “pay-to-play politics.” He has disenfranchised the Northern and Western part of New York with his SAFE Act.. He can’t make a decision, either way with respect to fracking. New York has the highest taxes in the nation, is the most indebted state, with 33 percent of income dedicated to borrowing. It is ranked as the least "business-friendly" state in the country and if that were not bad enough NY has the distinction of being the least free state in the union and is called the “Nanny State” with politicians legislating what we eat and drink. Municipal governments from Nassau County to Yonkers to Syracuse are teetering. And during Mr. Cuomo’s time in office, unemployment has risen above the national average. 9% of the state’s 2000 population left for another state between 2000 and 2011 — the highest such figure in the nation," the study by George Mason's libertarian-leaning Mercatus Center found.

Apr. 09 2013 09:22 PM

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