Paralysis and “paranoia’’ brought on by Preet Bharara’s ongoing corruption probe have come to define Gov. Cuomo and his administration with just seven days to go in the legislative session, a worried Cuomo ally and others have told The Post.
“Something is wrong. The place is paralyzed and the governor is not right. He seems frantic at times. He’s not acting the way he normally did,’’ said the ally, a prominent Cuomo political backer and longtime associate who has contact with the governor’s administration on a near-daily basis.
“Cuomo is paranoid, his staff is paranoid and nobody can make a decision on key issues, like the [about-to-expire housing construction subsidy] 421-a program and other big outstanding issues.
“Hardly anything is getting done, Cuomo has gone into seclusion, you can’t get to him, you don’t know what he’s thinking,’’ the ally, who described himself as a “friend’’ and “admirer’’ of Cuomo, continued.
The ally, well-known to most Albany insiders in both the Democratic and Republican parties, said US Attorney Bharara’s investigation of Albany corruption that led to the indictment of two leaders of the Legislature earlier this year “badly shook’’ Cuomo because, he said, “nobody on the inside doubts that Bharara’s ultimate target is the governor himself.’’
Cuomo's got not only the Bharara probe to worry about but also plummeting poll numbers and personal issues he's had to deal with (death of father, illness of partner.)
But it appears more and more that it is the Bharara probe that's got him freaking out - and that's really what he should be worried about.
The Albany Project laid out a pretty good theory for what Bharara is doing to get Cuomo.
No wonder Cuomo's freaking out.
So many cooperating witnesses, so many wiretaps, so many good reasons for Cuomo's two amigos to flip on Cuomo.