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Gov. Cuomo Proposes More Anti-Corruption Laws

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has rolled out the second portion of his anti-corruption agenda. 

Cuomo said he wants to end the law that permits candidates of one party to run for office on a different party's ballot. This follows bribery charges against Queens State Senator Malcolm Smith who sought a cross endorsement for the New York City mayor's race.

“You've heard the expression pay to play. This is pay to run,” Cuomo said.

Cuomo would not end party cross endorsements altogether. Het said he'd still allow the practice by opening up party primaries to candidates from many different parties. The governor is also pushing to appoint a special investigator at the New York State Board of Elections to pursue campaign law violations.

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Julianne Welby

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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 or taking his gal-pal and his kid's friends on state helicopters at tax payer expense. Not surprised he has no real interest in combating corruption. Funny for an ex Attorney General

This is more double speak, here's the reality... 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. 17 2013 06:30 PM

Cuomo is such a control freak which does not bode well for team work. He makes every effort to keep Attorney General on a short lease, setting up clone activities in the Governor's office. We elected the Attorney General to do a job, one that he is quite capable of doing, except that the Governor wants a one man show, not good government. I truly respect AG Schneiderman for still trying to fulfill the office while being locked up and out. Tough work, indeed.

Apr. 16 2013 11:04 PM

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