For Andrew Cuomo, the 2013 legislative session can best be summed up in four words: all politics, no substance.
The pressing issues of jobs, economic growth and Albany's Culture of Corruption went totally unaddressed.
Cuomo paid lip service to economic growth, of course. But his “Start Up NY” plan is far too limited in scope and too subject to political manipulation to be effective. If the Governor wants to target a specific area for lower taxes and less regulations in order to promote job growth, he should fill in the entire New York State map, not just pockets of land around SUNY campuses, which he tightly controls.
Of course, “Start Up NY” is better than Cuomo’s last guess as to how to promote economic growth upstate, building casinos.
While our Governor tries everything under the sun to create jobs other than actually making New York more business friendly, our state continues to hemorrhage jobs and citizens.
Worse yet, Sheldon Silver, an enabler of sex abuse in the Assembly, still holds the Speaker's gavel. What ought to be the scandal of the century has been swept under the rug by a governor who refuses to take on the powerful Speaker, hiding behind a flimsy “separation of powers” excuse whenever he dodges a question on the issue.
Against that backdrop of that failure, Andrew Cuomo has apologized to New Yorkers, asked their forgiveness, and vowed to take meaningful action to promote reform across all levels of government next year.
Nah, just kidding.
Instead, Andrew Cuomo declared victory and threw himself a lavish fundraiser last night at the posh Plaza Hotel in Manhattan, featuring the legendary Paul Simon as the entertainment.
For “priority” tickets, the Governor asked New Yorkers to shell out $50,000. Put another way, that's just about $7,000 less than New Yorkers' median income.
There’s good news for lower-income New Yorkers, though: cheap seats were just $1,000.
Fortunately, our NYGOP spies were able to get ahold of Paul Simon's set-list for the evening. Here it is:
"The Sounds of Silence" As sung by Andrew Cuomo and the Democrat Conference to Sheldon Silver
"The Brooklyn Bridge Song (Feelin' Interns)" As sung by Vito Lopez
"Me and Vito Down by the Schoolyard (but not within 1,000 Feet)"
"Cecilia (Tkaczyk)" Feat. The chorus of female Democrats who won't stand up to Sheldon Silver
"50 Ways to Cover Up a Sex Crime"