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Sunday, December 20, 2015

Why Won't Andrew Cuomo Give Back The $1.2 Million He Took From Crooked Glenwood Management?

This NY Post editorial about Andrew Cuomo's refusal to return donations he got from Glenwood Management ought to generate an irate phone call or two - it manages to compare Cuomo unfavorably to Bill de Blasio and then says he isn't much better than "Client #9".

It's pretty brutal - here it is in full:

Last week, Mayor de Blasio laid down a marker, ridding his campaign of funds from Glenwood Management, the real-estate firm deeply involved in Sheldon Silver and Dean Skelos’ crimes.

What about Gov. Cuomo?

His campaign doesn’t want to return the $1.2 million that Glenwood and its affiliates donated over the last decade.

Even though it has more than enough cash on hand — at least $12 million, as of the last filing.
How much longer will Cuomo let de Blasio be the better, bigger man when it comes to standing against corruption?

It’s a simple equation: Everyone knows Albany is filthy and needs to change. The first step in doing things differently is to do something important differently — like returning tainted cash, even though you have every legal right to keep it.

Don’t forget: This governor rode into office Jan. 1, 2011, vowing loudly to clean up Albany. The state was then reeling from multiple indictments and convictions of lawmakers, as well as the resignation of Eliot Spitzer after his exposure as “Client 9” in a sordid prostitution scandal.

Andrew is hooker-free, but Albany looks worse today. We’ve just seen the conviction of the two guys who, on Jan. 1, 2015, were running the state Senate and Assembly.

And they got convicted because US Attorney Preet Bharara grabbed the anti-corruption ball after Cuomo shut down his own Moreland Commission.

Back in July 2013, the gov launched the commission to probe for crimes across state government, calling it a “powerful step” to address Albany’s “corrupt culture.”

Ten months later, in March 2014, Moreland was reportedly about to issue important subpoeanas — and Cuomo shut it down.

Worse, he waved off critics with this claim: “It’s my commission. I can’t ‘interfere’ with it, because it is mine. It is controlled by me.”

OK. But Bharara moved in, seized the Moreland files — and rapidly sent two legislative leaders to jail.

Andrew looks like a pretty lazy cop.

Fine, the governor hasn’t taken Glenwood money since news broke of its role in the Silver-Skelos crimes. So what?

The firm now stands revealed as central to the dirty dealings of two of the “three men in a room” — yet Man No. 3 won’t inconvenience himself to show “this is not me.”

How does that make him that much better than Client 9?

Andrew doesn't look like a pretty lazy cop - he looks like a crook.

Why won't Cuomo give back the Glenwood money?

Yeah, it's a lot of money, but he can raise more.

Somebody on this blog wrote in comments that he may be loathe to return the cash, having done the crooked deeds to get it.

That's as good as any rationale I can see.

Makes no sense he won't give the money back because the attacks over keeping the Glenwood money aren't going to go away any time soon.

Crooked Cuomo Keeps Bag Money - that's the message out of this.


  1. Andrew Quid Pro Quomo will not return the money because he has either delivered--or is committed to deliver on all his promises! Hey, a deal is a deal right? To hell with constituents, taxpayers and NYC apartment dwellers--with a sleeping and compliant media we can still fool those folks!

  2. The affairs of the governor are something that has been discussed for a long time. It is a great pity that we can not look at the full picture as much data simply does not reach us. But justice will prevail sooner or later.