Zephyr Teachout, the Fordham Law professor and author who challenged Gov. Andrew Cuomo for the 2014 Democratic nomination, appeared at the Capitol at a Wednesday midday rally by New York City tenants-rights advocates calling for stronger rent regulations.
The rhetoric was almost as harsh for Cuomo as it was for landlords: Numerous signs assailed him as “Governor Glenwood” — a reference to the support he has received from the various organs of Glenwood Management, the real estate giant caught up in the federal corruption cases that prompted the downfalls of Dean Skelos and Sheldon Silver.
“Andrew Cuomo right now likes to think of himself as a strong man,” said Teachout, who might not have seen Cuomo’s recent poll numbers. “But he’s acting like a puppet for Glenwood Management.”
Cuomo's clearly hurting on the rent regulation issue - that's why he's going to hold a "rally" tomorrow on the issue:
Governor Andrew Cuomo is planning a rally Thursday in support of tougher rent regulations, Capital has learned, even as tenant groups question his commitment to the issue.
Cuomo aides on Wednesday were reaching out to officials and groups about participating in the event, which will be held in central Harlem in the early afternoon, according to an invitation obtained by Capital. It comes 11 days before rent regulations are set to expire, and two weeks before state lawmakers are set to adjourn for the year.
dozens of activists, including several sitting state lawmakers, were arrested at the Capitol during a protest that blocked the doors to Cuomo's office. Ava Farkas, executive director of the Metropolitan Council on Housing, called Cuomo's planned rally “a load of nonsense.”
“While real estate-driven corruption scandals swirl … Cuomo sits on Albany’s biggest pile of real estate cash and holds a bogus rally in support of corrupt rent laws,” she said. “No wonder his job approval ratings are going down as fast as working families' rents are going up.”
A Cuomo spokesman declined to comment.
He fools few with his jive these days
More and more, that's clear.
Anyone for a Cuomo mash-up of the Dan Penn song "I'm Your Puppet"?