Andrew Cuomo has served as the Governor of New York since January 1, 2011. Prior to being elected Governor, Cuomo held office as Attorney General of New York in 2006. He is a longtime associate of the Clintons. He was the Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under Clinton. He was then appointed as Secretary of HUD from 1997 to 2001.
His long career has not been without scandal. During his time as Secretary of HUD, he pushed government-sponsored lenders Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to buy more home loans issued to poor homeowners in an attempt to end discrimination against minorities. This helped lead to the subprime mortgage crisis.
Edward J. Pinto, former chief credit officer at Fannie Mae, said “they should have known the risks were large. Cuomo was pushing mortgage bankers to make loans and basically saying you have to offer a loan to everybody.”
His ascent to Governor received a big boost from President Obama when in September 2009, advisors to Obama informed then Governor David Paterson that the President believed he should withdraw his 2010 gubernatorial candidacy, stepping aside for “popular Attorney General Andrew Cuomo.”
Cuomo won the race and has become known as an opinionated politician who often muscles his way through the government. His agenda has ended up hurting more than it has helped.
During Hurricane Sandy, controversy erupted when the Cuomo administration used $140 million, including $40 million of federal disaster relief funds, to pay for the broadcast of national TV ads promoting “New New York” slogans outside New York in an attempt to attract new business investment to the state.
Governor Cuomo established the Moreland Commission, a committee to root out corruption in politics. He then proceeded to direct them away from investigations that could be politically damaging. Cuomo later abruptly and controversially disbanded the Commission.
In September 2016, a former aide and close friend of Cuomo, Joseph Percoco, was indicted as part of a bribery investigation. Todd Howe, also a lobbyist and former Cuomo aide was also indicted, along with several developers who were major donors to Cuomo and other state politicians.
One of those politicians was former Cuomo senior policy advisor, Steven F. Aiello. He is charged with, among other things, demanding that his son receive a $5,000 raise. His son took over his father’s position as senior policy adviser. The transition was facilitated by Joe Percoco. It seems that NYC politicians run in tight circles.
Currently, it turns out that Cuomo is not spending the tax payer’s money exactly as he stated.
- Steven L. Aiello, senior policy advisor for Cuomo moved over from the state’s affordable housing agency. Aiello Jr. doesn’t show up on the payroll roster for the Governor’s office. He’s actually assigned to (and paid by) the Division of Military and Naval Affairs.
- A Cuomo speechwriter, Tom Topousis, collects a $125K salary. He is being paid by the Office of Children and Family Services.
- Another Cuomo speechwriter, Jamie Malanowski, is collecting a similar salary. His pay is coming from the Affordable Housing Corp.
These are just a few examples of the staff that works for Cuomo yet are paid from another agency. This directly affects how the hijacked agency’s budget can be spent. If the Office of Children and Family Services are paying for Cuomo’s speechwriter, what could they have used that money for?
Observers of state government say this has been ongoing for decades. The research director of the fiscally conservative Empire Center for Public Policy, E.J. McMahon, says this has allowed governors to expand their staffs while escaping criticism for increasing their budgets. Even he did not know the full extent of Cuomo’s deceptions.
“It’s an accountability and transparency issue,” McMahon said. “It’s done so that the Executive Chamber staff doesn’t look so big. That’s the only conceivable reason they’d do it.”
The Times Union recently requested that the governor’s office provided a list of people it says work for the Executive chamber. They reported employing 209 people.
In a startling contradiction, recently provided payroll records from Comptroller Tom DiNapoli’s office state that the Executive Chamber is only paying 120 employees.
The bottom line; 40% of the Governor’s staff is being paid for by some other agency. All of these numbers boil down to one important fact; New York taxpayer money is being manipulated, hidden, and used in ways that it was never intended.
Besides scamming the people on how much money his office spends, Cuomo is also deceiving them regarding where their money is going. If citizens vote for a tax hike to increase the budget for the Division of Military and Naval Affairs, that is where they believe the money will go. They are unaware that part of that budget actually pays for Cuomo’s senior advisor. The people of New York have been lied to by their Governor.
The only question now is how deep his fraudulence goes. Cuomo has announced that, despite the scandals, he will run for a third term when it is time. It is important that the voters know exactly the type of person they are voting for. He is nothing more than a corrupt, scandal plagued Hillary Clinton ally.
Governor Cuomo has so far been untouchable. He has managed to scheme his way out of trouble as people around him have taken the fall. Now the person in charge must take responsibility. In his own words, he believes in discipline. “Now the justice system must take its course, and any of those found guilty of abusing the public’s trust should and will be punished.”
It is his turn to face the justice system and answer for his abuse of the public. Rumors are swirling that Donald trump has Cuomo in his cross-hairs and Rudy Giuliani is leading the charge. We are going to drain the swamp.