Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Cuomo in a heap of trouble

From the Daily News:

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara’s warning to “stay tuned” for more corruption arrests after he bagged Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has sent a big chill through the state Capitol.

“I think everyone is waiting for the next shoe to drop,” said one legislative official.

Added former Assemblyman Richard Brodsky, a Westchester Democrat: “When a prosecutor says stay tuned, I think he means it.”

The big fish reportedly being looked at is Gov. Cuomo.

Bharara has been probing whether the governor and his top aides improperly interfered with the Moreland anti-corruption commission Cuomo established.

He is also probing the circumstances behind Cuomo’s decision to abruptly end the commission after the Legislature agreed to some ethics reforms.

Bharara took control of the commission’s files and promised to follow up on any unresolved leads.

From the NY Post:

“Andrew’s been working the phones day and night, staying up into the early morning hours, making hundreds of calls in one day trying to find out what the hell is going on,’’ a source close to the governor said.

Cuomo, who has retained a private lawyer, has enlisted several former federal and state-level prosecutors with ties to Bharara’s office including Steve Cohen, his former chief-of-staff, in an effort to find out Bharara’s next move, the sources said.

“He’s freaked-out, furious, and obsessed with fear, it’s like a nightmare for him. The whole narrative he laid out for his second term has been derailed by Bharara,’’ said a source in regular contact with the governor.

“The narrative has been taken over by Bharara and it’s all about Albany’s corruption, not Cuomo and his program for the state,’’ the source said.

State political circles are abuzz with speculation that Bharara is seeking to determine if Cuomo had any knowledge of Silver’s allegedly illegal outside income last spring when he agreed with Silver and Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos to fold the commission.


Anonymous said...

Another guy who believes his own bullshit. He's not as smart or savvy as his old man and now it comes home to roost........

Anonymous said...

I don't understand how they haven't investigated Stavisky. Is she really squeaky clean?

Anonymous said...

He is a jerk! Looks it and sounds it. Where did he go to school?

Anonymous said...

Crappy, since when did you get into image meme generation? Nice. You should keep doing it from time to time to add some flair to your posts.

Queens Crapper said...

I didn't make the meme, it was online somewhere.

Anonymous said...

This is just the beginning.
more is on the way.
he is also on the hook.

Anonymous said...

Daddy's not there to protect him anymore.

Anonymous said...

Gutter politics in the big city.

We need a revolution in NYC politics.

1. Immediate cessation of matching campaign funds.

2. Downsize government to 3 levels: Federal/State/City. No more multiple overlapping jobs.

3. Cut back staff's by 25%.

4. No hiring family/friends/business connections.

5. Politician taxes to have zero deductions. They should pay the rate they fixed, not taking advantage of loopholes they create. (especially for the death tax, Mario Cuomo).

6. Convicted of federal or state felony or tax crime, no future service.

7. Must live in the area you represent from the prior election (that's for you Joe Crowley).

8. Term Limits.

9. I am getting dizzy, I will come back to this list.

Gary W said...

Add that all NY City politicians must provide thier own transportation. Get rid of their city vehicles and city drivers.

Give them a 30 day metrocard.

Let them ride with bum stink for a change.

Anonymous said...

The real reform comes when we don't let the government control and regulate everything where money changes hands. That creates all the incentives to fuel corruption.

In the meantime, term limits would help.

JQ said...

mario dying on new years day has become quite an omen.

repent andy.

Snake Plissskin said...

Public education.

The public must get involved again in the process starting with bringing back civics in school, to having conversations getting the public back into the political forum.

No easy task, but if accomplished, these blood suckers would be swept away within a decade.

Anonymous said...

Its the Kennedy curse!!!

Jerry Rotondi said...

Albany has been a hole in the wall for some of the biggest political outlaws since the days of the American Civil War. I wonder if this stable can ever be swept clean. Instituting term limits would be a good start, but a lot of brooms will get worn out before all the manure can be swept away.

Anonymous said...

Time to give Cuomo the hook already.