Kelly Picked for Cuomo’s Anti-Corruption Panel

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly is among the members of the anti-corruption panel tasked with investigating campaign fundraising in Albany, Governor Andrew Cuomo revealed today.

Cuomo tapped Kelly and New York district attorneys and prosecutors to join his Moreland Commission, which has subpoena power to investigate potential wrongdoing.

“The recent rash of wrongdoing by legislators in Albany has shaken the public confidence, the public trust in government,” he said. “You hear about it from one end of this state to the other.”

Cuomo's remarks come after lawmakers failed to take up his anti-corruption measures following federal bribery and embezzlement charges against a number of state lawmakers.

Similar panels ordered by governors over decades have resulted in lengthy corruption probes and arrests.

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Mike RS

Corruption? Self dealing? You mean like this: Cuomo’s giving highly paid NY state jobs to the low skilled relatives of his campaign contributors? or giving huge tax breaks to television producers who were major supporters to Cuomo’s reelection campaign (Jimmy Fallon and NBC). What about taking his gal-pal and his kid's friends on state helicopters at tax payer expensive or Cuomo obtaining luxury seats for himself and top aides at the Buffalo Bills’ stadium after cutting them a sweetheart deal at tax payer expense? Not surprised Cuomo has no real interest in combating corruption. Funny for an ex Attorney General, no?
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 already over budget State Insurance Fund (SIF). Cuomo can not even hold on to his democratic majority which is in the middle of a corruption scandal with “show-me-the-money culture” and “pay-to-play politics” throughout Albany. Cuomo has disenfranchised the Northern and Western part of New York with his SAFE Act. Cuomo is afraid to take a stand and make a decision, either way with respect to Marijuana or fracking. No matter what your position is, Cuomo is leaving New Yorkers with no resolution to these issues or the ability to move forward. 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 independent libertarian-leaning Mercatus Center.

Jul. 03 2013 08:45 AM
Lawrence Kantor, Jr.

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Jul. 02 2013 10:26 PM

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