A comment made by Richard Bamberger, a spokesman for Gov. Cuomo when it was revealed that “Democratic administration ghostwriters” were e-mailing to business advocacy groups achievement quotes that they were encouraged to use.
Two organizations were involved, one called “Unshackle Upstate,” acquiesced and issued the following statement: “For two years in a row, Governor Cuomo has shown New Yorkers, that he is serious about rebuilding the state’s fiscal house and we applaud his leadership.” The second, the Business Council of New York, stated they were “pleased that by working together, Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders’ are continuing on the path to bring fiscal stability back to New York.”
The governor and lawmakers also recently congratulated themselves for “a magnificent” 2012 legislative process. They touted new systems for tracking prescription painkillers and evaluating teachers, tax breaks for craft breweries, state pension reductions and the move to dramatically expand casino gambling in New York. Gov. Cuomo also claimed “2012 was the most productive and broadest reaching year in modern Albany political history.” Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) sounded a similar tone saying, New York State residents “can be proud of a functioning state government.”
The language expressed is out of sync with the actual modest achievements of the 2012 legislative session. To quote Susan Lerner from Common Cause “the fact that an on-time budget and orderly end of session continue to make headlines in New York shows that our expectations are extraordinarily low.”
I couldn’t agree more. Real change is not around the corner.