But Bob McManus of the NY Post writes that the Silver verdict should make Cuomo very worried:
Monday’s guilty-on-all-counts verdict was swiftly arrived at, and surely chilled the air in the nearby courtroom where US Attorney Preet Bharara has put another erstwhile Albany power broker, former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, on trial for his future.
Not to rush things, but Bharara’s brief against Skelos — a sad man who allegedly indulged an arrogant, greedy, stupid son by strong-arming businessmen — isn’t nearly as nuanced as was the case against Silver.
That is, jury deliberations in the Skelos case aren’t likely to last longer than the minute and 45 seconds that it took to convict Silver.
And then there will be one man left standing — Gov. Cuomo, who has been squarely in Bharara’s sights for months now; not-guilty verdicts in Silver’s case would have let the steam out of whatever it is that the prosecutor is planning for Cuomo, and that didn’t happen.
Which has to weigh heavily on the governor. Though no one is suggesting that he ever put an untoward penny in his own pocket, he’s beefed up his campaign accounts with millions from people who figured prominently in both the Silver and Skelos cases.
If there’s something there, no matter how minuscule, Bharara will stretch it to its limits. If nothing else, he’s the hardest-charging New York prosecutor since Maurice Nadjari.
No, wait, make that former US Attorney Rudy Giuliani — not to project career ambitions or anything.
The feds have subpoenaed Cuomo donors in the governor's vaunted Buffalo Billion Project in an effort to find out just why the contract bids in the project seemed, well, rigged just for them.
Here are some links on the Buffalo Billion case (here, here, here, here and here.)
Maybe nothing comes of this and it's all fine for Cuomo administration officials, Cuomo donors and Cuomo himself.
But something to keep in mind:
Bharara hasn't leaked this kind of stuff before without acting on it later (certainly not in the Silver and Skelos cases.)
The Buffalo Billion leaks came two months ago.
The timeline in the Silver and Skelos cases was for concrete actions to come a few months after the initial leaks.
For example, the Skelos leaks came in January but he wasn't indicted until May.
Maybe there is no pattern, maybe none of this means anything.
But I wouldn't yet dismiss it out of hand either.
I bet Cuomo hasn't.