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Cuomo - 220X165Several very critical stories were published this weekend about the Cuomo administration:

– Is Empire State Development a patronage mill for Cuomo?The New York Times looks at the appointments of people connected to the governor’s friends and donors. A former Monroe County Legislator and aide to Assemblyman Joe Morelle was listed. Here’s an excerpt:

Since taking office in 2011, Mr. Cuomo has repeatedly pledged to bring a new approach to Albany, where politicians of both major parties have long rewarded supporters with jobs that are not open to the general public.

But an investigation by The New York Times into hiring by the agency, the Empire State Development Corporation, shows how Mr. Cuomo’s administration has engaged in some of the same patronage practices that have often prevailed here.


While some of the new employees at Empire State had experience in economic development, others did not. Some of the jobs were not open to competition, and were filled with little input from the agency itself.

The Cuomo administration can be thin-skinned about negative press. A Cuomo staffer tweeted his displeasure with the piece:

– Cuomo’s popularity Upstate has been on a downward slide. Is it only about guns? The Buffalo News says fracking, the economy and Hurricane Irene cleanups are also to blame.

– New York’s minimum wage hike might be a “blank check” for businesses to spend our tax dollars on young, cheap labor. This article also implicates the state legislature for this law, which is universally panned by economists. Whether you are for or against a minimum wage hike, the way New York is implementing the increase is extremely concerning.

Other Links of the Day:

– Rochester area residents are listing their homes for rent during the PGA this summer. One family hopes to rent out a houseboat for $1,200 a night.

Terry Pegula is slammed over ticket price increases.

No rich child is left behind.

Frozen yogurt wars in Syracuse.

10 Responses to Cuomo Criticisms

  1. April 28, 2013 at 12:27 pm Benny C. responds:

    As ever so popular NYS Gov begins to position himself more to the center with the Buffalo schools reform initiative, the all knowing lefty NYT’s is taking him down a notch in his drive for the Dem presidential nomination in 2016.

    For you see, like unto his old man, there are others waiting in line for the 2016 show-down between Hillary and the administration’s nominee. Many have tried but all have failed since FDR to catapult from NYS Gov. to the presidency: Dewey, Harriman, Rocky, Cary, Pataki, Cumo I.

    Aside from the fact that NYS politics doesn’t sell very well on the national stage anyway, you can always count on outfits like the NYT’s to remind the rest of the nation that it is so.

  2. Remind them they should, as should all member’s of the Press. Boss tweed and Tammany Hall are alive and well in NY State at all levels of gov’t down to the local gov’ts.
    NY’ers (especially Cuomo) love to be loud and arrogant about how ‘great’ it is here, but they don’t even know their own State history well enough to know a crook when they see one. And with the number of crooked politicians we have the citizens also need to be deaf and blind.

  3. April 28, 2013 at 7:09 pm Cary Barnhart responds:

    The prior response reference to Tammany Hall has been ringing in my ears ever since the NYS gun law was thrust upon us…and thrust it was…by one person and a legislature purely devoid of backbone and completely lacking in sense of duty. Backroom governance with no public (or even legislative) input is alive and well under Cuomo. In the US we have an imperial president and in NYS we have an imperial governor…double jeopardy for us unlucky souls who reside here.BTW I neither own nor intend to own a gun.

  4. April 28, 2013 at 7:54 pm justaguy responds:

    Cary, I agree. I am a gun owner and former Marine. I tell people all of the time that if the anti gun crowd wants change they need to follow the process, as in amend the Constitution. Put it to the people, not to the pollsters. The process is what is supposed to be perpetual, not any single person. Boss Tweed thought he rated perpetual power, the two main Party’s who have gamed the system via election laws believe they deserve perpetual standing in government, even though there is no mention of any Party in the Constitution. Support of the Party’s goes against the very notion of our democracy in my mind. Primaries should be open to all. Initiative and referendum should be legal in all states. But the Cuomos of the world realize that would remove their power and in the end that is all they care about. Personal power to promote personal agendas and feed their egos. The ‘good’ of America, NY, Rochester, etc. all take a back seat to that.

  5. April 29, 2013 at 1:14 pm Poor state worker responds:

    What is so unfortunate about this article is that there were some employees at ESD who were good workers, qualified but due the fact that their parents didn’t donate any $ are still stuck in dead end positions with no advancement. The HR Dept. of ESD is a joke and should be immediately dismantled. This article also fails to acknowledge other patronage jobs like Joe Chan…who knows what he does? The MWBE Division where there are more temps than staff and complaints coming in about the staff from all around the staff.

  6. April 29, 2013 at 1:24 pm Civil Service responds:

    Josh Vlasto has no idea what he is tweeting about since he is disconnected to the everyday operation of this agency and most other state agencies. If he or his boss decided to hear what employees needed or how they are treated he would be tweeting something else.

  7. April 29, 2013 at 10:02 pm Civil Service #2 responds:

    Hard working…really? Based on what? There are no metrics at ESD since nobody ever gets reviews by supervisor since they change with the wind.

  8. April 30, 2013 at 9:41 am ESD employee/Anon 1 responds:

    What is most amusing is that these people are hired, they have no job description since the HR Dept. is not capable of providing updated job descriptions so how can the Gov office say the employee is doing a good job when they don’t know what job they have or their responsibilities. A further investigation needs to be had on this Rhoda Glickman lady who just shows up and really doesn’t do anything but is working part time or works from home. According to the last time I spoke with HR employees were not allowed to work from home but she gets to from her Washington, DC house

  9. May 1, 2013 at 8:20 am sean responds:

    Cuomo is a fascinating study of power politics at the highest level. What really interests me is how nakedly transparent he and his allies are at exercising power. You wouldn’t think senior aides would go so far as to read a confidential personnel file over the air when a former agency employee gave a POSITIVE interview about the governor to a minor newspaper without permission from the Governor’s Secretary. The aide’s reading of the file garnered far more attention than the positive praise the agency employee was trying to give to the governor. I easily see Cuomo self-destructing during the primaries, like another iron-fisted, unsubtle former NY pol with national ambition a mile high: Rudy Giuliani. Remember him? In 2007 he led every Republican poll, he was the Republican savior who would beat the big bad Hillary from her own (adopted) backyard. By the time voting got around, he had embarrassed himself so badly the best he could do was third in the Florida primary. Wow! Cuomo is an arrogant loud mouth bully. The problem is he knows it and wants everyone else to know it. That is not a good combination if you’re running for President of the United States. The unsubtle threats, naked intimidation and reckless arrogance will be his undoing. This is all DESPITE his overwhelming support in the polls, which I’ve never understood. If you’re being beat badly, then you need to be aggressive and intimidating. But when you have majority support of the public, you don’t need to club your opponents into submission; Cuomo’s people seem to do it just because they think they can. They’ll find out soon enough how well that works for them in the long term.

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