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Post by thelivyjr » Tue Feb 16, 2021 1:40 p

The New York Post

"Rep. Gaetz slams media for putting Cuomo on pedestal for his COVID response"

By Mark Moore

February 14, 2021 | 4:24pm

GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz blasted the media for ​portraying Gov. Andrew Cuomo as an “oracle” in his coronavirus response — after it emerged that his top aide admitted that the administration covered up the number of nursing home deaths.

“The media is absolutely culpable in advancing this mythology of Cuomo that is belied by the facts, and the facts keep getting uglier and uglier, both for the governor of New York and the media,” Gaetz told Fox News‘ Jeanine Pirro on Saturday.

Gaetz said at the same time the media fawned over Cuomo at his daily nationally televised briefings as the “great oracle of response to the coronavirus, they were conducting the flu d’etat against our president, acting as though everything he was doing was causing this virus to be more deadly.”

The Florida Republican said former President Donald Trump put the country on the “path to the fastest, safest vaccine development the world has ever known.”

He said Trump’s efforts are still saving lives even as Cuomo’s nursing home deaths controversy is just beginning to be revealed.

“Here you had Gov. Cuomo potentially destroying records that evidenced this scheme that was a very deadly one."

"Everybody is familiar with the Times Square game of card hustles."

"But here they were playing three-card Monte with grandma, moving folks from nursing homes in the hospital and then injecting the virus right back into nursing homes,” Gaetz said.

The Post revealed last week that top Cuomo aide Melissa DeRosa during a video conference call with state Democratic leaders told them that the governor’s office rejected a legislative request for the numbers because it feared the Trump administration would turn it into a “giant political football.”

“He starts tweeting that we killed everyone in nursing homes,” DeRosa said.

“He starts going after [New Jersey Gov. Phil] Murphy, starts going after [California Gov. Gavin] Newsom, starts going after [Michigan Gov.] Gretchen Whitmer.”

A number of lawmakers, including former Gov. George Pataki, have called for a probe into the Cuomo administration by President Biden’s Justice Department, state Attorney General Letitia James and the state Legislature.

“This is one of the worst things I have seen in New York State government, and I’ve been following this for a long time,” Pataki said​. ... -response/

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Post by thelivyjr » Fri Feb 19, 2021 1:40 p

THE CAPE CHARLES MIRROR February 17, 2021 at 10:17 pm

Paul Plante says:

And speaking of some scary statistics, according to a story in the New York Post entitled “55 percent of voters flunk Cuomo’s disclosure of COVID nursing home deaths” by Carl Campanile on February 16, 2021, while a majority of New York voters ripped Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s reporting of nursing home residents killed by the coronavirus, where fifty five percent of registered voters rated Cuomo negatively — fair or poor — on the disclosure of nursing home fatality data, with 84 percent of Republicans and two-thirds of independents/unaffiliated voters disapproving the governor’s handling of the nursing home death toll, his fellow Democrats gave him a positive grade, with 54 percent supporting him on the reporting issue.

According to the article, the survey was taken after state Attorney General Letitia James issued her damning report last month concluding that the Cuomo administration low-balled COVID-19 nursing home deaths by 50 percent, and after a state judge issued a Feb. 3 ruling slamming Cuomo for illegally blocking the release of information in response to a legal request submitted by the Empire Center for Public Policy, a government watchdog group.

And here is where the numbers get scary: A majority of voters oppose a bid by legislators to strip Cuomo of his broad emergency executive powers.

The Legislature passed a law giving the governor emergency authority last year to help New York respond to the pandemic, which expires April 30.

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Said in plain language, the legislature, which had NO CONSTITUTIONAL AUTHORITY to do so, declared Andy a literal DICTATOR, and it essentially then suspended itself like Hitler suspended the German Reichstag after his Enabling Act, where he stripped the German people of their constitutional rights, and now we are being told that a majority of New York voters, like the GOOD GERMANS back when, are content with a DICTATOR over them, so long as he is a kind master, which takes us to a POLITICO article entitled “Here’s every law and regulation Cuomo had suspended during coronavirus crisis” by Bill Mahoney on 03/19/2020, to wit:

ALBANY — When Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency in response to the coronavirus crisis on March 7, he gained extraordinary powers over the everyday lives of the state’s 19.5 million residents.

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When Andy declared a state of emergency in response to CONRONA, he became a dictator who like Hitler, suspended the New York state Constitution, which in turn impacted directly on who could vote for president and how, which is to say he safely rigged New York’s election so that nobody but Joe Biden could win, which takes us back to POLITICO as follows:

Thanks in part to a statutory change which the Legislature approved at the beginning of March, Cuomo’s declaration means he can change or suspend laws unilaterally, so long as doing so assists the state in its disaster response, which is a mountain of steaming dog **** heaped high, because it is Andy alone who determines whether what he is or is not doing assists the state in its disaster response which was PISS-POOR, if even that, which takes us back to POLITICO as follows:


— Petitioning requirements for candidates seeking office this year have been slashed to 30 percent of what they normally would be.

So rather than the 1,250 signatures usually required of congressional candidates, for example, the new minimum will be 375.

— For the rest of March, voters will be allowed to cast absentee ballots by mail for any reason.

The state constitution restricts absentee voting to instances when an individual is ill or out of the county in which they live, but “the potential for contraction of the COVID-19 virus” has been labeled a type of illness.

— Individuals who do not work for boards of elections are now allowed to help residents of nursing homes fill out absentee ballots.

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Talk about a recipe for rigging an election, there it is right before us, which takes us to ARTICLE II of the New York State Constitution, entitled “Suffrage,” where we have as follows:

[Absentee voting]

2. The legislature may, by general law, provide a manner in which, and the time and place at which, qualified voters who, on the occurrence of any election, may be absent from the county of their residence or, if residents of the city of New York, from the city, and qualified voters who, on the occurrence of any election, may be unable to appear personally at the polling place because of illness or physical disability, may vote and for the return and canvass of their votes.

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By executive order, DICTATOR Andy changed that to allow absentee ballots to be cast by mail for any reason, which opens the door to FRAUD, but hey, it is New York with a long, long history of rigging elections, so what is a little more FRAUD going to matter, which takes us to this:

[Persons excluded from the right of suffrage]

3. No person who shall receive, accept, or offer to receive, or pay, offer or promise to pay, contribute, offer or promise to contribute to another, to be paid or used, any money or other valuable thing as a compensation or reward for the giving or withholding a vote at an election, or who shall make any promise to influence the giving or withholding any such vote, or who shall make or become directly or indirectly interested in any bet or wager depending upon the result of any election, shall vote at such election; and upon challenge for such cause, the person so challenged, before the officers authorized for that purpose shall receive his or her vote, shall swear or affirm before such officers that he or she has not received or offered, does not expect to receive, has not paid, offered or promised to pay, contributed, offered or promised to contribute to another, to be paid or used, any money or other valuable thing as a compensation or reward for the giving or withholding a vote at such election, and has not made any promise to influence the giving or withholding of any such vote, nor made or become directly or indirectly interested in any bet or wager depending upon the result of such election. (Formerly 2. Renumbered by Constitutional Convention of 1938 and approved by vote of the people November 8, 1938; amended by vote of the people November 6, 2001.)

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Precisely because of the history of ELECTION FRAUD in New York State, which takes us back to the New York Post poll, as follows:

Meanwhile 46 percent of voters say they are prepared to re-elect Cuomo if he runs for re-election to a fourth term in 2022 while 45 percent say they would “prefer someone else.”

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As Sallust was said to have said, “At the end, only a few preferred liberty; as for the rest, all they wished for was a kind master!”

And to think I went to VEET NAM and shed blood to fight against a dictatorship being imposed on those people by the COMMIES only to find that same ******* BULL**** going on right here at what used to be home!

What a fool me! ... ent-327429

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Post by thelivyjr » Sat Feb 20, 2021 1:40 p

"Senate GOP push for subpoena of nursing home data thwarted - Committee chairman describes pursuit 'a political motion'"

Amanda Fries, Albany, New York Times Union

Feb. 1, 2021; Updated: Feb. 1, 2021 5:02 p.m.

ALBANY — A last-minute motion for the Senate investigations committee to vote on issuing a subpoena to compel testimony from Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker regarding nursing home coronavirus deaths was squashed and labeled as political by the committee’s chair Monday.

Sen. Thomas O’Mara, a Southern Tier Republican and ranking member of the Senate Committee on Investigations and Government Operations, surprised committee chairman, Hudson Valley Democratic Sen. James Skoufis, when he made the motion to have committee members vote to subpoena Zucker.

Long Island Sen. Anthony Palumbo, the only other Republican committee member, quickly seconded the motion and expressed doubt that state officials under Gov. Andrew Cuomo would release accurate information.

“If it is not done immediately or in the very near future, we would be remiss of our duties because we are the only committee that has this kind of oversight,” Palumbo said.

According to Senate rules, the chair, vice-chair or a majority of a legislative committee can issue a subpoena, thus the power can be invoked within any committee, not just the investigations committee.

Fervor for action has mounted since Attorney General Letitia James released a report last week condemning New York’s COVID-19 nursing home plan, with Republican legislators quickly re-launching calls for the Legislature to use its subpoena power to get answers.

Legislators have been pushing for detailed figures since July, following the state Department of Health releasing a report that absolved the Cuomo administration of blame for thousands of nursing home deaths attributed to COVID-19.

Prior to the attorney general’s report, Skoufis had said publicly he would subpoena state officials if complete answers and data were not provided during the Legislature’s health budget hearing.

Shortly after those statements, Cuomo’s office requested the hearing be rescheduled from Feb. 3 to Feb. 25 to accommodate Zucker’s schedule.

Skoufis, who has chaired the committee since 2019 and has not shied from using subpoena power in several instances, expressed frustration that O’Mara had not given him a heads up as to the planned motion, describing the move as an “ambush.”

“With all due respect Sen. O’Mara, I am not going to be lectured or bullied on issuing subpoenas."

"I have made it clear that this is on the table,” he said during the committee held over Zoom.

“This is a political motion."

"This committee is not going to be bullied into doing something when we have laid out the roadmap to getting this information.”

The Hudson Valley Democrat further pointed to his record when it comes to using the power; he has issued 25 subpoenas in two years.

“The last 10 years of Republican majority rule produced one single subpoena, and that one subpoena was withdrawn,” Skoufis said.

“The previous Republican majority has never really issued a subpoena."

"They wouldn’t know what a subpoena looked like if it hit them in the face.”

Palumbo and O’Mara, through the Senate Minority Office, issued a statement after the meeting criticizing the Democrats for their inaction.

Skoufis declined to hear the motion because it had not been submitted in writing beforehand, as per Senate Rules Section 8 on new motions.

“In the wake of the attorney general's report, the failure of the investigations committee to immediately issue subpoenas and demand testimony from Gov. Cuomo and his administration once again completely abandons legislative responsibility,” O’Mara said in a news release.

“It makes the Senate Democrats complicit in this tragedy.”

Skoufis expressed confidence in Zucker providing the data legislators seek, particularly after the health department released detailed data last week in response to the attorney general’s findings.

“(Zucker) said he is going to produce the full and complete, audited numbers by the time he has his hearing on Feb. 25."

"Short of that, I think we ought to compel testimony,” Skoufis said.

“But he released a substantial piece, if not most of the picture behind those numbers, and I think the remaining piece is forthcoming.”

Written By Amanda Fries

Amanda Fries covers the Capitol in Albany and state government for the Times Union, focusing on the state workforce, housing, budget issues, malfeasance and other forms of corruption. She first started in June 2016 covering the city and county of Albany for the Times Union. Got a tip? Contact her at 518-454-5353 or ... 09a3f12c1f

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Post by thelivyjr » Mon Mar 15, 2021 1:40 p


"Cuomo accuser Charlotte Bennett talks to investigators for 4 hours, details governor’s hand size obsession"

Dan Mangan @_DanMangan

Published Mon, Mar 15 2021

Key Points

* A woman who has accused New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment told investigators he was preoccupied with talking to subordinates about his “hand size” and “what the large size of his hands indicated,” her lawyer revealed.

* Former Cuomo aide Charlotte Bennett, spent four hours talking via Zoom to investigators who are conducting a probe of claims by her and several other women against the Democratic governor.

*U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and scores of other Democratic lawmakers have called on Cuomo to resign. He refuses to do so.

A woman who has accused New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment told investigators Monday that he was preoccupied with talking to subordinates about his “hand size” and “what the large size of his hands indicated,” her lawyer revealed.

The accuser, former Cuomo aide Charlotte Bennett, spent four hours talking via Zoom teleconference software to investigators conducting a probe of claims by her and several other women that the Democrat sexually harassed them, or otherwise made inappropriate comments and physical contact.

The investigation is being overseen by state Attorney General Letitia James.

Bennett, 25, “detailed her allegations of sexual harassment and provided the investigators with more than 120 pages of contemporaneous records, as well as other examples of documentary evidence, to corroborate her accusations against Gov. Cuomo and his senior staff,” her lawyer Debra Katz said in a statement.

Katz said that Bennett gave the investigators “detailed information about the sexually hostile work environment the Governor fostered in both his Manhattan and Albany offices and his deliberate effort to create rivalries and tension among female staffers on whom he bestowed attention.”

“One piece of new information that came to light today was the Governor’s preoccupation with his hand size and what the large size of his hands indicated to Charlotte and other members of his staff,” Katz said.

The lawyer said the investigators “have been moving quickly, and with sensitivity, to get to the heart of these allegations.”

“We remain confident that their investigation will substantiate Charlotte’s claims of sexual harassment against Gov. Cuomo, as well as the failure of his senior staff to meet their mandatory reporting requirements under the very laws he signed,” Katz said.

She also said that “it is imperative” that the probe focus not only on Cuomo’s conduct toward women, “but also on the culture of fear, abuse and secrecy that he and his most senior staff cultivated.”

“To that end, we have full confidence in the investigation and the investigators."

"We urge others who have been subjected to inappropriate conduct by the Governor – and we know you are out there – to come forward with what you experienced,” Katz said.

“And to those who observed the behavior, we urge you to do the same.”

Scores of Democrats in the New York legislature and in the state’s congressional delegation, including both U.S. senators, last week demanded that Cuomo resign in the middle of his third term in light of the claims by Bennett and other women.

Cuomo, who also faces a pending impeachment inquiry in the state Assembly, has repeatedly refused to do so.

Cuomo’s office did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment.

Bennett told The New York Times last month that the 63-year-old Cuomo last year asked her questions about her sex life, and whether she ever had sex with older men.

At the time, Bennett, who had played soccer in middle school against one of Cuomo’s daughters, was working for him as an executive assistant and health policy adviser.

“I understood that the governor wanted to sleep with me, and felt horribly uncomfortable and scared,” Bennett told the newspaper when describing an incident last June in which Cuomo complained of being lonely and asked her, “Who did I last hug?”

Cuomo has said he never made advances toward Bennett, or behaved inappropriately with other women.

On Monday, a new Siena College poll found that 50% New York voters said that Cuomo should not immediately resign, while 35% said he should do so.

And 57% of voters said they are satisfied with how he has addressed the allegations.

The governor appeared at a Covid vaccination site on Long Island earlier Monday, where he was lauded by officials.

There was no mention of the widening sexual harassment scandal, and no questions allowed from reporters.

On Sunday, The Washington Post and The New York Times reported that Larry Schwartz, a former top Cuomo aide who now serves as the state’s Covid-19 vaccination czar, has been asking state Democratic leaders to support Cuomo even as he discusses immunizations with them.

One county executive’s legal counsel last Friday filed a preliminary complaint with the attorney general’s office’s public integrity bureau about a possible ethics violation by Cuomo’s office, The Times reported.

Several officials who spoke to The Post said they fear retaliation by Cuomo if they speak against him.

An official from one county told The Post, “I didn’t feel that there was correlation between the answer I was going to give and my vaccine supply.”

“But I could see how maybe someone else maybe got that impression,” that official added.

Schwartz, who at one point last year lived in the governor’s mansion, said he did nothing wrong in the calls.

Beth Garvey, acting counsel to the governor, said Monday that “vaccine distribution in New York is based on objective criteria to ensure it matches eligible populations, ensure equity, and ability to rapidly administer shots in arms.”

“To be clear, Larry’s conversations did not bring up vaccine distribution -- he would never link political support to public health decisions,” Garvey said.

“Distorting Larry’s role or intentions for headlines maligns a decades long public servant who has done nothing but volunteer around the clock since March to help New York get through the COVID pandemic."

"Any suggestion that Larry acted in any way unethically or in any way other than in the best interest of the New Yorkers that he selflessly served is patently false.”

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"Current Cuomo aide accuses him of sexual harassment, looking down her shirt, report says"

Dan Mangan @_DanMangan

Published Fri, Mar 19 2021

A current aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has gone on record with her name in the latest accusation of sexual harassment against the besieged Democrat.

The aide, Alyssa McGrath, told The New York Times that Cuomo had looked down her shirt, commented on her appearance and otherwise engaged in flirtatious comments.

McGrath joins more than a half dozen other women, including another current aide and several past Cuomo aides, of sexual harassment, or of making inappropriate physical contact and comments.

“He has a way of making you feel very comfortable around him, almost like you’re his friend,” McGrath told The Times.

“But then you walk away from the encounter or conversation, in your head going, ‘I can’t believe I just had that interaction with the governor of New York.’”

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Post by thelivyjr » Sun Apr 11, 2021 1:40 p

"How $2.1 billion for undocumented immigrants landed in the state budget"

Edward McKinley, Albany, New York Times Union

April 7, 2021

Updated: April 8, 2021 12:46 p.m.

ALBANY — The most contentious and late-breaking policy debate within this week's $217 billion state budget deal is a $2.1 billion "excluded workers" fund designed to provide cash payments to undocumented immigrants who were ineligible for other federal and state benefits such as unemployment insurance or stimulus checks.

The policy — the first of its kind and scope in the nation — was sponsored in the Senate by Sen. Jessica Ramos, a Queens Democrat.

It creates a two-tiered system of direct cash payments for workers ineligible for previous state or federal relief — including undocumented immigrants — who are able to provide proof of their New York residency, identity and loss of income.

Depending on their lost income, they could receive a payment ranging from $3,000 to $15,600.

The program was the subject of a large advocacy push that included coordinated rallies across the state and a hunger strike in Manhattan that ended Wednesday morning.

Although the policy was included in the budgets proposed in the Assembly and Senate last month, it seemed to take political observers and even some lawmakers by surprise when it became clear that there was serious momentum to include the measure in the budget.

The surprise led to a split in the Democratic Party, with state Sen. Gustavo Rivera, chair of the Health Committee, threatening to impede bills from members of the Assembly who did not support the excluded workers fund while state party Chair Jay Jacobs issued a statement decrying supporters of the bill who labeled critics as racist.

“The reality is we can show the fund for excluded workers is going to bring millions of dollars for key communities," Ramos said.

She questioned where the opponents of the bill were when it was time to debate the matter on the Senate floor.

“As a senator, when I’m really concerned about things, I drill down on anybody, especially when it affects my community.”

Murad Awawdeh, co-director of the New York Immigration Coalition, a leading group in the advocacy effort for the bill, said he was surprised by the suddenness of the opposition.

“It becoming an issue last week for some legislators is kind of weird considering it was in the" (Assembly and Senate budget bills), he said.

"I don’t think we as a state should be playing politics with people’s lives."

"And the fact of the matter is that there were people who were trying to sow division amongst legislators and across the board."

"… Our communities have been hurting for over a year now and have been receiving nothing in aid and we just weren't going to stand for that.”

According to two sources from the Assembly who spoke on the condition of anonymity, the impetus for the policy landing in the final budget deal was because of the Senate.

They said the issue was only discussed in closed-door meetings of Assembly Democrats within the last two weeks, and it took many by surprise.

The two sources were critical of the process by which the policy was made, although they both said the policy was improved through a question-and-answer process that fleshed out certain details.

Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins told Assembly Speaker Carl E. Heastie that she had the votes for the policy and was insistent on it being in the budget, one of the sources said.

That put the Democratic-controlled Assembly in the politically unthinkable position of needing to publicly deny help to immigrants.

That person added that while they're hesitant on the details of the excluded worker plan, they strongly support a number of other funds and program in the budget.

“And this is the problem with the big ugly, right?"

"The big ugly has a lot of good things in there," the person said.

Republicans have uniformly opposed the idea in both chambers, saying it unduly prioritizes undocumented noncitizens ahead of New Yorkers.

“I do think this is a well-intentioned idea."

"I think that everyone has compassion for people and would love to help folks out, but you’re talking about a budget here where we’re already spending 20 percent more than last year, $18 billion to be exact," said Assemblyman Chris Tague, whose district includes Greene, Columbia and Albany counties.

He said he feels it's nonsensical the state is not putting away a portion of the billions it has received from the federal government for a rainy day fund.

“We’re (spending) $2.1 billion and we don’t know who this person is or why they’re here or what they’ve been doing?"

"I mean everybody’s been hit hard by this COVID crisis and we want to help everybody, but it also gets to the point where we have to protect the state of New York, we have to protect the people of the state, we have to take care of them first," Tague said.

Another concern among opponents of the bill — and some supporters — is that it will lead to fraud.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Wednesday that the state attorney general and comptroller will be required to sign off on the plan to distribute benefits to guard against fraud.

"Just because you’re undocumented doesn’t mean we don’t care and we don’t have compassion and we don’t want to help," Cuomo said.

"It is difficult to do it in a way that can be administered without fraud."

"And that’s obviously a major concern for us, that we protect every tax dollar."

Rivera said he felt some of his fellow Democrats were buying into the Republican messaging on the bill, and that was what spurred him to speak out on Twitter.

"My sense at the time was that there was some organizing going on that was not in good faith."

" … That was kind of buying into the racist propaganda that this is something that’s going to be harmful to New Yorkers," Rivera said.

"I wanted to make clear that if you stand with the folks who are against this for illegitimate reasons, then I am not going to stand with you," he added, explaining his threats on Twitter to block health-related legislation from Assembly members who opposed the bill.

Heastie, the Assembly speaker, clapped back, effectively telling Rivera to mind his business and not worry about the Assembly's.

"With all due respect senator, the Assembly has had and will have the votes to pass an excluded workers fund bill that covers all workers."

"Stop worrying about the Assembly and worry about your own house," he wrote.

The Senate passed each of the 10 bills necessary to fund the state government for the near future by early Wednesday morning, and the Assembly convened Wednesday afternoon to finish its own parallel process.

Written By Edward McKinley

Edward McKinley reports on New York state government and politics for the Times Union. He is a 2019 graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism and a 2020 graduate of Georgetown's Master's in American Government program. He previously reported for The Kansas City Star newspaper, and he originally hails from the great state of Minnesota. You can reach him at ... 09a3f12c1f

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