There are “so many red flags” that it’s “hard to know where to start,” said John Kaehny, executive director of Reinvent Albany, a group that’s been critical of Cuomo’s economic-development work.
“The exact same lawyers and consultants are representing both the government and the businesses that are either getting contracts or subsidies,” Kaehny said. “You have the same people sitting on both sides of the deals again and again and again. It just really reeks of a completely rigged and corrupt process.”
Now, Bharara’s inquiry — as well as an internal investigation launched by Cuomo — appears to have focused on a small handful of individuals and companies with plenty of business before the state and myriad ties to Cuomo himself.
That includes Percoco, Cuomo’s former trusted aide; SUNY Polytechnic Institute President Alain Kaloyeros, who led many of the state’s economic-development projects; and Todd Howe, a former Cuomo staffer who until Friday led Whiteman’s Washington subsidiary.
Indeed, that's the pattern in these scandals.
The boys were making money coming and going, both the "consultants" like former Cuomo aides Todd Howe and Joe Percoco as well as the Cuomo campaign itself (via campaign donations from companies doing business with the state.)
And of course the companies were getting millions in contracts.
I don't know that this ever reaches as high as Cuomo, but even if he is never carted out in handcuffs on criminal charges, there is more than enough evidence emerging in these scandals that he has allowed the hen house to be run by the wolves and ought to be run out of Albany on the first Amtrak to Westchester.