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February 24, 2014- Amherst- Governor Cuomo outlines his 2014-15 Executive Budget.
Under investigation.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie punishes critics by withholding money and closing bridges. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo punishes critics by equally assholish means:
Start with Cuomo's tactics in dealing with “Chipmunk Balls.” That’s the charming nickname the governor reportedly uses to describe [NY Comptroller Tom] Dinapoli. The methods of humbling this rival have included the Christie-esque maneuver of publicly investigating him when Cuomo was attorney general and declining to clear him until well into his re-election campaign—and conspicuously opting not to endorse DiNapoli in a general election against a well-financed Republican opponent. Then there was the most recent stick in the eye: forcing on Dinapoli a pilot public financing program—only for his race—that would make the comptroller give back more than two-thirds of his campaign money or suffer a P.R. hit.
And then there's New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who Cuomo also doesn't like:
As with Dinapoli, the governor did his best to foul up the attorney general’s election, informally backing a primary opponent and then declining to endorse his ticket-mate in the general election until more than a week after the primary.

Once Schneiderman took office, he was greeted by something called the Department of Financial Services—a new agency Cuomo had secretly drafted, which he would control and vest with authority that overlapped with that of the A.G.’s office. And the governor recently succeeded in taking control of funds Schneiderman recovered from a JP Morgan settlement, legislatively granting himself power to use them for his own purposes.

Now, Cuomo faces an investigation into his disbanding of an ethics commission he himself created with great fanfare, then worked feverishly to undermine, going so far as to squash subpoenas against political allies. But he can't intimidate or defund or outmaneuver a federal district attorney. And so like his equally odious neighbor governor, we can hold out hope that justice will be served.

Originally posted to kos on Tue Apr 15, 2014 at 10:59 AM PDT.

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