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Sunday, May 10, 2015

Fred LeBrun: Is Preet Bharara Saving The Best For Last?

Fred LeBrun in the Times-Union:

The timing of the Skelos charges by the feds is interesting. We in the media heard months ago, even before a New York City television station went public with it, that the feds were investigating Skelos and his son.

Every politically connected individual on Long Island had to know it was happening, which means Skelos had to know, and so did Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Logically, then, all the while the governor's so-called ethics package was being batted about in the Legislature, the principals knew that at some point most probably the hammer would fall and make them all look foolish — again.

Perhaps that explains why the governor didn't do much of a victory dance over what half-baked ethics changes he did get passed, except to once again overstate their significance.

Of course, there may be another reason for Cuomo to button his lip. Conspicuously unresolved in the minds of many is whether the same federal prosecutor who has taken down both Silver and Skelos from on high is saving the best for last. We know of Bharara's displeasure with the way the governor's Moreland Commission looking into corruption was hastily disbanded.

With Skelos going down, the cheese stands alone.

Cuomo stands alone, but as I pointed out yesterday, there's plenty for the feds to investigate:

The Glenwood connections (which Cuomo either misremembered or lied about in a public statement last week.)

The bankster/bond deals.

The News Corp book deal.

The Sony connection. 

The Hollywood connection.

The investigations into Cuomo donors Cuomo's office sought to curtail during the Moreland Commission.

The fishiness of the deal he made with Silver/Skelos to shut down Moreland in return for a lukewarm ethics package that changed little in Albany.

The Moreland Commission tampering, including whether Cuomo or anyone from Cuomo's office directed commissioners to not refer criminal cases to the DA.

The post-commission tampering, including the drafting of statements by Cuomo's office for former Moreland Commissioners to issue in favor of Cuomo's handling of the commission.

That's a pretty extensive list of corruption charges.

Cuomo may stand alone, but he had better not get to cocky about it.

Cuomo helped, in part, take down a governor when he was attorney general and used that as a stepping stone to his current office.

You can bet that the current US Attorney for the Southern District, an ambitious man with a penchant for publicity who made his bones with Cuomo-enemy Chuck Schumer, wouldn't mind making a similar a career move for himself.


  1. He helped take TWO governors down! Patterson suddenly ran into deadlock when his second budget was introduced. During the mysterious Senate crisis, AG Cuomo released a document givin legal interpretation saying that Patterson's decision to appoint Richard Ravitch as Lt Gov was not precisely legal. When Patterson announced his candiacy for governor, Cuomo quietly took all of the air out of the room by lining Patterson's donors up, leaving Patterson penniless for what was to be a primary fight with Cuomo. Patterson's quiet exit from race in August went largely unnoticed, as did his appointment to the MTA by the new (and possibly grateful?) governor Andrew Cuomo.

    Lots of mystery since 2008. One gov. taken out by a mytserious leak of his hooker connection, another discredited by sudden deadlock, and inexplicable leadership crisis in the Senate and by having his purse strings snatched at the start of an election...and a long time assembly leader taken out in cuffs, as is a Senate leader. Almost like Star Wars III if you ask me.
    Governor Palpatine?

  2. Is Mulgrew or anyone getting Preet to look into the exorbitant financial fees being paid for our NYC pension system? Wonder who set that up?