Cuomo the chameleon has been doing more for himself than N.Y.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013
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Cuomo the chameleon has been doing more for himself than N.Y.

While I applaud Gov. Cuomo’s recent attempt at some kind of campaign finance reform, I have to question both his sincerity and his timing. I hold the same sentiment for his attempts to crack down on political corruption in Albany. I believe that the million-dollar question to the governor is, what took you so long?

While publicly railing against the evils of corporate and private money to influence lawmakers, the governor has quietly been amassing a small fortune in just these kinds of donations to his own campaign, including a planned fund-raiser featuring Paul Simon. The price tag for this little gathering is around $50,000 per person.

Cuomo also still refuses to reveal the members of his “Committee to Save NY.” This group, made up of ultra-rich friends of the governor, has masqueraded as a grass-roots taxpayer group since its creation, and had resisted all attempts from the press to publicly reveal its members.

It has also produced the recent commercials promoting Cuomo’s tax-free business zones for new businesses near colleges while giving nothing to businesses that have survived the recent recession and continued to provide jobs to New Yorkers.

His highness the governor has been just as negligent on the subject of political corruption. These political scandals have been increasing since before Cuomo was the attorney general and personally prosecuting these crooks disguised as politicians. That alone should have made this cancer in Albany a top priority of Cuomo’s after he became governor.

Instead, the problem was largely ignored until the Malcom Smith bribery scandal and Vito Lopez’ sexual harassment case made it impossible to ignore. The payoff to Lopez’ victims engineered by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver using taxpayer funds should have led to Silver’s immediate dismissal — but not in New York.

Cuomo, and other Democrats in state government, have yet to call for Silver’s ouster, or even censure. Incredibly, some have even given Silver a vote of confidence since he admitted to being the brains behind the payoffs and said he was sorry. Would any of us have been able to get out of trouble for bribing a witness by simply saying sorry?

The governor has been very good at passing legislation that will put him in the national spotlight, but never seems to put the same effort into causes that are important to just our state. When he finally announces his candidacy for president, which all political experts see as inevitable, which Andrew Coumo will we see? Will it be the law-and-order champion that we saw as attorney general or the master manipulator we have seen as governor?

It probably depends on what he feels will be best for himself.

John Angilletta


Throw out lawmakers beholden to casinos’ cash

I see in the June 25 edition that the governor caved in to casino backers and gambling by allowing the casino owners to contribute to political campaigns.

Wow, the Legislature didn’t like not getting money from the gambling crowd. Didn’t anyone check out the mess in Atlantic City and casinos that didn’t solve the city’s financial problems?

Time to clean house in the Legislature and Senate next elections.

Herbert Thorne


Bill made no mention of late-term abortion

In her June 28 letter, Mary Jones stated that the Women’s Equality Act (WEA) included a late-term abortion proposal. In fact, there is no such proposal in WEA, as can be confirmed by going to the governor’s website concerning this legislation.

The website notes: “This bill would codify existing Supreme Court law to protect a woman’s right to obtain an abortion prior to viability, or when necessary to protect her life or health. The law will ensure that New York laws are consistent with the law of the land. Currently, New York state’s law that protects a women’s freedom of choice is outdated and does not conform to protections outlined in Roe v. Wade and current state practice.”

Nowhere in the bill is there any mention of late-term abortion. Either Mary Jones has not researched the bill or is purposely misrepresenting it. In either case, her assertion is incorrect and misleading.

Roberta Steiner


N.Y. senators support illegals over citizens

As Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) determined by actually reading the bill, there is a provision in the immigration reform bill that will fine U.S. companies $5,000 if they hire a citizen above an illegal.

Why, then, did our senators, Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, vote for it? I contacted Schumer’s office, and they assured me that they read the entire bill before he voted on it. So, in effect, Schumer and Gillibrand are willing to penalize U.S. companies that support U.S. citizens by hiring them.

I ask you: Just what kind of political idiocy is going on in Washington?

Robert H. Semp


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July 3, 2013
1:06 a.m.
Fritzdawg says...

Robert H. Semp:
Did you lack oxygen at birth?
Did Santa bring you an extra chromosome for Christmas?

Who taught you such nonsense?
Were you home schooled by AM radio?

July 3, 2013
7:18 a.m.
Phils2008 says...

Robert all you really need to know about the idiocy of Washington, is that Dems are backed by people like Fritzdawg. I have yet to read the bill. Fritz never will since he simply goes along to get whatever he can get. You can be certain though that neither Shummer or his Puppy will read it, beyond the pork they stuff in it.

July 3, 2013
7:28 a.m.
Phils2008 says...

John, Cuomo's biggest problem aside from pandering to continue his own lifetime public dole gig, is that most of the crooks are in his party. The parties voters know and condone the crooks as long as they vote for their particular interest. Nothing else really matters. Imagine how many Democrats would be in jail if they did not control the main stream media. What support would Cuomo have then. He knows he cant put them in jail. Corruption, Anti-Americanism, anti-Catholicism, anti-traditionalism, and lack of ethics are mainstays of the party. He wont, and couldn't if he wanted to, change that.

July 3, 2013
7:37 a.m.
roberttodt says...

Robert Semp is correct, there will be tax advantages of $3,000 for having a non US citizen (illegal with provisional status) in a full time position. Once again Schumer wants to grant dreams to non US citizens, while showing no concern about the nightmare the liberals are creating for all of us.


July 3, 2013
2:32 p.m.
Ahmjrcpa1 says...

Until we have term limits our complaints about the idiots in office__FEDERAL,STATE & LOCAL__will be in vain_______They will just keep on voting for themselves & the money that keeps them there---their arrogance is sickening---$85m for Buffalo stadium---casino miney they can spend as they wish with NO accountability to anyone---Silver covering up for a deviate!!!!!

July 3, 2013
3:31 p.m.
ronzo says...

There are term limits. They’re called elections. But most voters don’t want term limits. They vote for the same jerks every election, like that guy in Schenectady who’s in his 18th term in the state legislature – 36 yrs. That’s sick. If you can’t get it right after a couple of elections, you deserve what you get. Many voters are like brainless robots. Real term limits would need to be enacted through legislation by the legislators. And who are they? They’re that guy who’s been there for 36 years. Change the state Constitution? Who is involved in that? That same 18 term guy in Schenectady. So what’s the chance of him and his cronies wanting to cut themselves off from their free ride?

July 4, 2013
10:57 a.m.
Ahmjrcpa1 says...

RONZO________RIGHT ON____"If you can’t get it right after a couple of elections, you deserve what you get. Many voters are like brainless robots."___ARE LIKE??___ARE!!!

July 4, 2013
7:43 p.m.
bobsemp says...

Fritzdawg, I believe you need to go back to Craiglist's Rants and Raves where you were obviously schooled in literary genius and your poetic drivel is appreciated. Thanks to Phils2008 and Roberttodt for the support.

July 4, 2013
7:59 p.m.
bobsemp says...

As reported in Christian Post, and to clarify the $3000 vs $5000 discrepancy above, I include Senator Cruz's statements ....

"If this bill were enacted, it would result in increasing illegal immigration, and it will not secure the borders. One of the most disturbing aspects of this bill is that it creates a federal tax penalty for companies hiring U.S. citizens or legal immigrants," he said.

Using a hypothetical business as an illustrative example for how the gang of eight's immigration bill and Obamacare will impact small businesses and their employees, Cruz noted that "if a company that has more than 50 employees hires a U.S. citizen or a legal immigrant and follows the rules, then that company, if they don't provide a government approved healthcare plan, pays a $5,000 tax penalty, effectively. It's a $3,000 penalty, but it's not deductible, so the impact to the company is roughly $5,000. And that's per employee."

"I gave a speech on the Senate floor talking about how this bill would impact a small business. Imagine Joe's Hamburger Shack – a small business with 100 employees, five different restaurants – and let's suppose the business is doing pretty well and they want to hire five new employees. If the gang of eight bill became law, and they decided to hire five new employees who were U.S. citizens or who were legal immigrants, the business would have to pay $5,000 a piece to the IRS each year – that's a $25,000 hit for hiring U.S. citizens. If instead, they hire people who are here illegally now who get legalized under the gang of eight bill, they pay zero."

July 5, 2013
12:51 a.m.
ChuckD says...

Thanks for citing the source, bobsemp. Because of the complexity of this, the nay-saying Republicans think they can have a party with the facts.

So here's the obligatory rebuttal and factcheck for Sen. Cruz's predictably hysterical comments, from the Washington Post:

'Even so, Cruz is really creating a mountain out of a molehill. First of all, though there is a complicated formula for determining whether an employer is liable, every estimate we can find suggests the impact on employers is almost too minuscule to be noticed — only 0.2 percent (about 10,000 businesses out of 6 million) would be affected by the employee shared responsibility provision. That’s because it only affects companies that employ more than 50 people — and 96 percent of companies have less than 50 people.'

July 5, 2013
10:02 a.m.
Phils2008 says...

Hey ChuckD, thanks for the predictable rebuttal from a left wing paper. You had all the
"facts" on Obama care as well. Just turns out that "as predicted" they were all hogwash. There's always a huge delta between the "facts" given us by liberals and the
reality we're confronted with. Democrats will decide what the formula is when it becomes politically advantageous, so what you read now is worthless.

July 10, 2013
5:09 p.m.
wmarincic says...

Under ObamaCare, companies with 50 or more employees must provide all low-wage workers with a sufficient health insurance policy. If the company fails to do so, it faces a $3,000 fine per worker that's not tax deductible, so that actual penalty could be as much as $5,000 per employee when you consider the tax consequences.

As Sen. Cruz pointed out yesterday, S.744 grants legal status and work permits to most of the 11 million illegal aliens currently living in the United States. But the bill also exempts them from ObamaCare, so if an American company with at least 50 employees has a job opening for a low-skilled worker, the company would actually benefit financially by hiring the amnestied illegal alien over a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident who also wants the job.

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