Let’s build a new, New York

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On Feb.1, I had the opportunity visit Molloy College and listen to the Governor’s presentation explaining his current executive budget and reform plan. Its formal title “Building a New New York …..With You.” Attendees received an information card that set the theme for the meeting. “Thanks to the tough choices we made last year and the historic reforms and bipartisan …

“Have we seen this movie before?”

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On January 14th, the New York Times reported that “President Obama on Friday announced an aggressive campaign to shrink the size of the federal government, a proposal less notable for its goal – the fight against bloat that has been embraced by every modern-day president – than for the political challenge it poses to a hostile Congress.” This paragraph is …

Get with the program, Hal

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I’m sure you’re well aware that I’ve become a bit smitten with judging Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s performance over the past few months. Why? It’s not that I don’t like the guy. He has shown a lot of cheek since he took office, which seems to be reflected in recent polls. On Jan.1 his public relations staff issued a press release …

What’s with the numbers?

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On November 10, in the course of a radio interview, Governor Cuomo remarked “that his sky-high poll numbers are less about him personally and more about the renewed pride New Yorkers are taking in state government since he took office.” He also commented that “I don’t know people who don’t say, boy the government is working better now.” Obviously, the …

“To infinity and beyond”

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By chance, I happened to notice that on November 9th, The Huffington Post reported that a potential Republican challenger to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in a 2014 gubernatorial race, was defeated in his reelection bid for Erie County Executive. Yup, it’s a fact. The governor has a “war chest” of $6 million set aside for a reelection bid. He is riding …

Why is leadership lacking when most needed?

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On January 5, 2011, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in a ceremonial oath of office, promised “to restore New Yorkers’ faith in a capital racked by fiscal turmoil and ethical lapses.” In his State of the State address that followed, he presented an action plan that would “take the significant steps needed to reinvent, reorganize and redesign government, to make it more …

‘The temper of the times’

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All of my columns have been in an effort to bring the need for real reform in Albany to the attention of Herald readers. I have tried to focus on concerns that highlight egregious happenings that can no longer be tolerated for obvious reasons. On a personal level the reaction to my columns has been extremely positive and I appreciate …

‘It ain’t over ‘til it’s over’

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Yogi Berra, who caught for the New York Yankees for over nineteen years, is known for his sage advice. Let’s consider how this particular “yogi-ism” applies to our political leaders in Albany and in particular, to State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C) from Elmira, NY. Why? He just announced that he will chair a “revamped” Senate Task Force on Government Efficiency …

“Legislating Ethics”

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A good friend who is a retired attorney recommended I take a look at the new “Public Integrity Reform Act of 2011” (PIRA) that was a dominant theme of the governor pre-election ethics reform campaign. This legislation (S-5679-2011) was sponsored in the Senate by Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos will, using a memorandum just published by the compliance practice of …

‘Reform: Running on empty’

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This column reviews the “Annual Report on Public Authorities in New York State,” just released by the Authorities Budget Office (ABO). Its publication is probably one of Albany’s best keep secrets. Produced by a professional and dedicated staff of internal auditors, the report clearly outlines why the reform legislation enacted over the past six years will not even come close …