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Cuomo a No-Go

Can we trust ultra-arrogant Andrew Cuomo? That’s what I find myself shouting at my TV set these days whenever I see a certain political ad aimed at the Republican gubernatorial candidate [whom I do not support].

The answer seems to be a resounding, “No.” Mr. Cuomo’s unwillingness to immediately and fully address the accusations contained in the July 24th New York Times article – that his top aide and confidant repeatedly interfered with the workings of the Moreland Commission – speaks volumes of our Governor’s arrogance and belief that he is not accountable to anyone.

Zephyr Teachout, the Governor’s Democratic challenger, is absolutely correct when she says, “If Andrew Cuomo directed or even knew that his top aide was obstructing the Moreland Commission, he should immediately resign.” If the allegations are true, the Cuomo administration’s misuse of power amounts to an unforgiveable violation of the public trust.

Ironically, Andrew Cuomo boasted in front of a Western New York audience in April 2012 that, “Government in Albany was a joke on late-night TV. We have come a long way, my friends.”

We have come a long way alright, Mr. Cuomo, if you believe that there is a substantial distance between stand-up-comedy and the political tragedy that is now unfolding in Albany. As a New Yorker who believes in traditional democratic values, I think we all deserve and must demand a whole lot more from our Chief Executive.

> Arthur J. Giacalone, East Aurora

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