Over the past few weeks a signicant number of new subpoenas’ have been issued by Federal prosecutors, that if proven sustainable, will open up yet another chapter in today’s corrupt, disingenuous, dysfunctional state government. They involve on one end of the spectrum findings against Sheldon Silver’s replacement, Assembly Speaker Carl E, Heastie; the other, Governor Cuomo’s signature economic-development project called the “Buffalo Billion.”
Let’s start with Carl’s subpoena requiring him to appear before an Albany grand jury to respond to Moreland Commission findings that he bilked (my word) the state of thousands of dollars for fictitious travel and meal expenses, and used campaign donations for his own benefit, and one big etc.
A remarkable display of personal enrichment, at taxpayer expense, raising the following question. How was this relatively inconsequential politician ever selected to become Assembly Speaker, one of the most powerful posts in Albany? The answer, the Heastie bonanza (as it is called) was a conscious blessing from Democratic Council party leaders sending him off on the road to the pinnacle of power, but still well within their grasp.
On an even more significant scale, on April 29th, Federal investigators issued a subpoena to the governor’s office seeking documents related to revitalization plans for the City of Buffalo. Criminal overtones are evident involving former and current high level administrative staffers’. Papers have also been served on the Empire State Development Corp., the state’s economic development arm, the State University of New York Polytechnic Institute, the construction firm LPCiminelli Inc., a Maryland developer Competitive Power Ventures, a department of the PSC, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, and Solar City, with the governor pledging $750 million in state funds to create new jobs.
Three other concerns surface. One, after months of foot-dragging, the above mentioned ESDC, finally admitted that the governor’s Start-Up NY program, i.e. “move here, expand here or start a new business here and pay no taxes” shows to date “laughable small returns” with absolutely no accountability. Of even further interest, ESDC also serves as the financial resource for the state, with total debt created to date, thru “backdoor borrowing” @ $10.7 billion, all structured without voter approval.
Campaign contributions are also noted in multiple aspects of the probe that are highly questionable. The names of those involved is yet another story. Eany, meany, miney, mo – will our governor be the next to go?