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AG Schneiderman Still Looking for New Powers from Cuomo

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Not long ago, then-attorney general Andrew Cuomo pushed for greater prosecutorial power to confront political corruption. But as governor, Cuomo hasn’t been quick handing over greater authority to the current AG, Eric Schneiderman.

Schneiderman would like more power to prosecute corruption and oversee the legislature. But the governor’s bill doesn’t specifically address that.

"This is something that applies to anyone who prosecutes bribery, whether it's my office or a district attorney's office or anyone who prosecutes defrauding the government,” he said.

Schneiderman says he’s spoke with Cuomo about broadening the role of his office and awaits the governor's future reforms.

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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&
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," see the study by George Mason's libertarian-leaning Mercatus Center.

Apr. 11 2013 11:31 PM

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