Andrew Cuomo’s Replacement Is Just As Feckless As He Was

Upon New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s resignation after a bombshell sexual harassment report, there was palpable applause in the conservative world. It was time for the emperor to renounce his throne. But in Cuomo’s place has emerged a figure no more appealing.

Former Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, who joined Cuomo’s team in 2014, is already pushing boundaries that ought to gall those concerned with their rights and the common good. Corporate media outlets may have referred to the Buffalo native as a “centrist Democrat,” but anyone paying attention right now might think otherwise.

Like other Democrat leaders, including President Joe Biden, Hochul has joined the bandwagon to compel Americans into COVID vaccination. This week, a federal judge extended a block on Hochul’s August order requiring all health-care workers to get vaccinated by Sept. 27 or else be fired. The block will remain in effect until Oct. 12 and comes on the heels of state employees, with legal aid from the Thomas More Society, suing New York over the lack of religious exemptions in Hochul’s overbearing order.

“What New York is attempting to do is slam shut an escape hatch from an unconstitutional vaccine mandate,” attorney Christopher Ferrara of the Thomas More Society said, further arguing that the plaintiffs are not anti-vaccine as much as seeking to retain their constitutional rights.

Preliminary data indicates Americans are dissatisfied with attempts by the government to force them to get COVID shots. According to a recent Convention of States Action and Trafalgar Group poll, only about 30 percent of people think the White House can do so. Worse for Hochul, the poll indicated just over 56 percent of Americans support attempts by state governors to oppose the vaccine requirement. (Another win for Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis).

Robert C. Cahaly, chief pollster at Trafalgar Group, told me the data shows people are not willing to let COVID dictate their lives anymore.

“Look at college crowds in red and blue states, see the traffic on the roads, or just go to Home Depot on a Saturday morning. People are telling us that COVID is in their rearview mirror and they would like for the government to respect their choices in the matter,” Cahaly said.

Hochul Elides Law on Moratoriums, Mandates

Hochul doesn’t seem to get the message, though. It’s no wonder the governor said in August she desires the “legal clearance” to mandate all charter and public school employees get tested, while claiming she would “mandate” it given the opportunity.

Keep in mind, this is the same official whose administration has been accused by lawmakers of rejecting local governments’ vaccination plans and prolonging dosage plans back in January. Hochul tried to rationalize this failure in a recent briefing, noting, “There is a role for state government [and] a role for local government.” This is ruling class hierarchy at play.

After the Supreme Court ruled Biden’s eviction moratorium unconstitutional, Hochul signed into law an extended moratorium on COVID-related evictions in effect until Jan. 15, 2022. Landlords already struggling to collect rent as New Yorkers flee the state will be further burdened by the moratorium.

New York City’s largest landlord group, the Rent Stabilization Association, is suing Hochul and claims the “unsworn hardship declaration” tenants would sign to avoid rent will go unvetted since residents won’t need to provide “any documentation of the hardship.” As The New York Daily News reported, the state’s moratorium program has continued to deal with glitches and only a small portion of the more than $2 billion program is being allocated to landlords.

Governor’s Policies Hurt the Working Class

Joe Borelli, a Republican New York City Councilman, told me he thinks Hochul’s administration is hurting working-class New Yorkers by freezing evictions.

“Democrats have a misguided belief that every landlord owns a skyscraper, but unfortunately the people who will get crushed the most by this are small mom-and-pop landlords and two-family homeowners,” Borelli said. “They have decided to arbitrarily suspend the concept of a contract for some backwards political gain.”

Hochul’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The supposed “centrist” is assuming office at a time Democrat governors are increasingly expanding the scope of government and backing further coronavirus restrictions after lockdowns led to social and economic devastation. Mask mandates have trickled back in several blue states, including in schools.

Borelli is appalled by Hochul’s COVID leadership thus far and calls it “Kafkaesque” that further mandates are on the table after all this time.

“It’s just unclear to anyone observing how despite our lower numbers, an effective vaccine, and successful treatments, the mandates and restrictions only seem to be getting worse,” the councilman said.

In her short time in office, Hochul keeps reinforcing the power of the COVID hierarchy. Her administration represents not a break with Cuomo, but its indefinite extension.

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Here we go. NY AG subpoenas Cuomo’s book deal records – HotAir

The one detail not revealed in the headline of today’s story at the NY Post is that the activity in question took place months ago. But everyone kept it under wraps until now. Attorney General Letitia James has been far more well known for issuing subpoenas into all business activities of the Trump family in New York since taking office, launching any number of fishing expeditions. But her interest in Democrats has been decidedly less on display, despite the many available targets. That changed when then-Governor Andrew Cuomo’s various scandals finally caught fire in the media. The subpoena in question wasn’t issued to Cuomo or even his publisher, by the way. It was sent to the Joint Commission on Public Ethics, the watchdog group that’s supposed to monitor such activities for improprieties. They had already looked into Cuomo’s book deal and given it the green light, but allegations have arisen suggesting that they might have been giving Cuomo preferential treatment.

New York State Attorney General Letitia James has issued at least one subpoena to the state’s ethics agency for all records on disgraced ex-Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s $5 million book deal, as part of her office’s criminal investigation into the matter.

The Joint Commission on Public Ethics — the state’s watchdog panel — in summer 2020 approved Cuomo’s application to receive outside income from the memoir. But critics have ripped the green light as opaque and improper, since it was subject to internal approval by JCOPE staffers, instead of by a full panel vote.

A representative from James’ office declined to comment on the issuance of the subpoena, which was first reported by the Albany Times Union.

In order to receive that kind of money as an advance on a book written specifically about Cuomo’s performance of his duties in office, the JCOPE would have to approve it and say that nothing unethical was going on. In the interest of being fair to Cuomo, I’m not sure why he wouldn’t have the right to earn some extra money on the side by publishing a book. Even if the book was full of wild distortions and fantasies about how great his leadership supposedly was during the pandemic, that’s still not a basis for shutting him down. If every book a politician ever released with some lies in it was shut down, that section of the bookstore would likely have empty shelves.

But it’s not the content of the book that’s being disputed here. If the entire panel at the JCOPE had examined the question and voted to allow Cuomo to proceed, there probably wouldn’t be much that could be done about it. But in this case, the panel never took a vote. The process was handled by some staffers, allegedly in the employ of Democrats on the panel who were traditional allies of Cuomo. That may still not rise to the level of potential legal action against the former governor, but it could open the door to making him either return the money or donate it to charity.

It remains difficult to understand how this was kept a secret for this long but has now suddenly popped up in the press. While there is no smoking gun at this point, it’s worth noting that Letitia James has made no secret of the fact that she’s considering a run for governor next year. Cuomo would have been a formidable opponent if he wasn’t taken down by these scandals, but his replacement, Kathy Hochul, is an upstate, moderate Democrat who probably won’t do as well in New York City as her former boss. That could make her a more tempting target for James to try to take on, and this subpoena dumping a few more shovels full of dirt onto Andrew Cuomo’s political grave doesn’t hurt her cause much either.

But will this subpoena result in even more legal troubles for Andrew Cuomo further down the line? Aside from a possible financial loss, I can’t see how. It’s easy to get the sense that this developing news has a lot more to do with what’s going on behind the scenes in the 2022 gubernatorial race than Cuomo’s personal legal woes.

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New York GOP plots comeback on Cuomo’s downfall, expected ‘national wave election’ for Republicans

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s abrupt resignation brought down the curtain on a titan of New York politics and opened up a new chapter in the state that offers the GOP a fresh opportunity to rebound from two decades of disappointments.

The Republican Party of New York has been shut out in statewide races since former Gov. George Pataki captured a third term in 2002. The GOP has struggled to adjust to the blue state’s changing demographics and to make the most of past scandals, including former Gov. Elliot Spitzer’s penchant for prostitutes.

The GOP is hoping to turn things around and take advantage of Mr. Cuomo’s stunning downfall, as well as a possible knock-down, drag-out fight between newly minted Gov. Kathy Hochul and the far-left of the Democratic Party in the 2022 primary election.

New York GOP Chair Nick Langworthy said the state party has been building its digital operation and is ready to capitalize on the Cuomo mess.

“You also have what I believe will be a national wave election for Republicans just like how the 1994 election brought us George Pataki,” he said. “It took a lot of luck and timing and the right candidate and message to beat Mario Cuomo.”

“We need those same circumstances [next year],” Mr. Langworthy said. “We need luck, we need the right candidate and the right message, and we need national circumstances.”

That could be wishful thinking, according to Richard Flannagan, a political science professor at the College of Staten Island. He said it may be “near impossible” for the GOP to win statewide.

“Democrats have a 3-to-1 voter registration advantage,” Mr. Flannagan said. “I think the party is in such bad shape they have just retreated to their counties, and by that I mean they are competing in some of the county executive races upstate of course, and they will hold some congressional seats, but statewide aspirations are just a bridge too far.”

Democrats hold both of New York’s U.S. Senate seats and 19 of the state’s House seats. The GOP has not won a U.S. Senate race since 1992.

Some Republicans are concerned the decades of struggles have diminished the state party.

“My big concern [is] the party has collapsed so much in upstate New York,” Rep. Claudia L. Tenney, a Republican from an Upstate district, recently told The Washington Times. “It’s just weak statewide.”

“When Pataki won in his last term and when Republicans have been able to win we had a stronger party and we had more infrastructure in place so you could actually get grassroots and turnout,” she said.

Mr. Langworthy, however, said the wind will be at the GOP’s back, and the election will serve as a referendum on Mr. Cuomo and Democrats.

He said Democrats have sprinted to the far-left, thrusting “out of control” policies, “out of control” spending” and “wanton” COVID-related regulations onto voters, hurting the economy and driving residents from the state.

“It is funny to see what a year can do,” Mr. Langworthy said of Mr. Cuomo’s demise.

Indeed, Mr. Cuomo’s approval rating had surpassed 70% after he emerged as the golden boy for Democrats at the onset of the coronavirus outbreak. His daily press conferences, complete with PowerPoint presentations and forceful assurances to viewers, became must-watch television.

Things unraveled over time. His critics charged he was manipulating the death toll among nursing home residents, and that his COVID-19 policies led to more nursing home deaths.

Mr. Cuomo also faced allegations of sexual misconduct, and that he misused state resources for his COVID-19 book, sparking probes from state Attorney General Letitia James.

Ms. James revealed in early August that investigators found Mr. Cuomo had sexually harassed at least 11 women. A week later Mr. Cuomo, who disputed the allegations, resigned.

Mrs. Hochul, who became the state’s first female governor, added insult to injury by releasing new coronavirus statistics that showed the state’s death total was higher than the Cuomo administration publicized.

John McLaughlin, a New York GOP consultant, said the GOP should be “optimistic” about its chances of gaining ground in the wake of the Cuomo scandal.

“Even though the Democrats control all of Albany in terms of the governorship, the assembly and the state senate, the Democrats are going to be divided, and you are going to have very divisive primaries between moderate Democrats and Democrats who are really big government socialists,” Mr. McLaughlin said.

Mr. McLaughlin said Republicans, meanwhile, have rallied behind Rep. Lee Zeldin’s gubernatorial bid.

“We have united a Republican-conservative coalition, which is the formula for electing Republicans in New York state going back to [President Ronald] Reagan, [Sen. Alfonse Marcello] D’Amato, and Pataki,” he said. “There are going to be a significant number of Democrats who leave their party to vote for Zeldin and other Republicans because it is unsafe and unaffordable to live in New York.”

Mr. Zeldin is the presumed Republican gubernatorial nominee. He’s running against former Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and Andrew Giulian, son of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, for the party’s nomination in a June primary next year.

“One-party rule in New York has led to rampant crime, a skyrocketing cost of living, and a deteriorating quality of life that has led so many New Yorkers to flee the communities they love,” Mr. Zeldin said last week. “New Yorkers are looking at other states and wondering why we can’t have that here in New York. The answer is that we can, but not if we continue down this path of disastrous one-party rule.”

“Every New Yorker deserves better, and, in November of 2022, we must rid New York of the Cuomo-Hochul administration and its disgraceful legacy,” he said.

Hank Sheinkopf, a Democratic strategist, said Mr. Zeldin could have the right mix of experience, connections and urban understanding to win if Democrats face political headwinds.

“He can raise the money,” Mr. Sheinkopf said. “He has served in the Senate, he has served in the Congress. He has lots of friends across the state.”

Nonetheless, Mr. Sheinkopf said the New York GOP could “use some vitamins” and faces a heavy lift next year.

“The future does not look bright and what would save it, as someone who believes in a two-party system, is an implosion of Democrats into factionalism, and a gubernatorial candidate that can win or nearly win as a function of the chaos from the forced resignation of Cuomo,” he said.

Mr. Cuomo was expected to face more blowback in the primary next year after beating back far-left candidates Cynthia Nixon in 2018 and Zephyr Teachout in 2014.  

Mrs. Hochul also is viewed through the moderate lens but has softer political elbows than her brash successor. She also has ties to Upstate New York, which could help her with more moderate voters.

Mrs. Hochul has some time to prove herself ahead of what could prove to be a hard-fought primary race where voters will get the chance to weigh in on the public health and economic fallout from the coronavirus and address other hot topics including rising crime.

Other possible contenders include New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio and Ms. James.

If Ms. Hochul survives the primary, her ties to Mr. Cuomo could still drag her down.

“Cuomo’s shadow and his legacy will remain because Kathy Hochul was his No. 2,” Mr. Langworthy said. “His record is her record, whether she likes it or not.”

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Journalists Should Be Demanding Chris Cuomo’s Resignation

Last year, as COVID-19 spread like wildfire in New York’s nursing homes, then-Gov. Andrew Cuomo enjoyed fawning media coverage for his handling of the crisis. Despite leading the nation in deaths per capita to this day—trailing only neighboring blue state New Jersey—corporate media praised Andrew Cuomo as “America’s Governor” even as he forced elder-care facilities to accept COVID-positive patients, resulting in an untold number of tragically unnecessary deaths.

The fourth estate’s obvious disinterest then in investigating the truth about the nursing home scandal and the endless stream of fluff pieces about the governor that didn’t match the evidence on the ground were an obvious embarrassment to the profession of journalism during the early days of the pandemic. Shockingly, just this week it was disclosed that an additional 12,000 New Yorkers lost their lives to COVID under Andrew Cuomo’s scandal-plagued leadership.

But few in the news industry exemplified the corporate media’s naked partisanship and de facto role as Democrat Party cheerleader than CNN’s primetime news anchor, Chris Cuomo, who shamelessly abdicated every tenet of journalistic ethics by regularly having his brother on his show to hold truth to power and discuss the tough issues like their mother’s meatball sauce recipe. Who cares about dead grandmas and grandpas. CNN’s primetime news hour was no place for serious questioning of a top elected official.

Unfortunately, CNN’s and Chris Cuomo’s willingness to sacrifice journalistic objectivity for personal gain didn’t end there. It got even worse. This week, Andrew Cuomo finally resigned as governor after an extensive investigation led by New York’s Democrat attorney general showed he engaged in serial workplace sexual harassment and abuse.

Among the investigation’s findings were that his news-anchor brother helped lead the public relations effort to cover up the predator governor’s sexual abuse. Just as he did during the nursing home scandal, Chris Cuomo again used his platform, connections, and expertise not to scrutinize a powerful politician but to help him evade accountability.

It used to be universally accepted in journalism that one could not cover an issue or an individual when there was a conflict of interest. This was to build trust and credibility among the public. No exceptions, even in a crisis, such as a pandemic. After all, it is during times of crisis that maintaining the public trust is most important.

It also used to be universally accepted that the duty of a journalist is to hold politicians accountable and expose wrongdoing, not assist politicians in covering up wrongdoing. On both accounts, these practices appear to be from a bygone era, at least at CNN.

Andrew Cuomo initially refused to resign and denied wrongdoing, despite the extensive evidence, and only agreed to quit after it became clear he had no choice as his supporters would no longer stand beside him. The former governor’s Democrat allies, outside political supporters, and a sympathetic media finally deserted him.

Shame wasn’t enough to bring down Andrew Cuomo. It took condemnation from those most loyal and committed to the former governor to force his hand.

For his rejection of basic journalistic ethics and his aiding and abetting in the coverup of his brother’s nursing home scandal and workplace sexual abuse, Chris Cuomo should join his brother in shame and in resignation.

By now it’s clear, however, that shamelessness runs in the Cuomo family. Like his brother, Chris Cuomo will not resign unless he is pressured into it. That means journalists who are interested in restoring their credibility among the public must be loud and clear: one Cuomo brother has resigned—the other Cuomo brother must be next.

Mike Davis is the founder and president of both the Article III Project (A3P), which defends constitutionalist judges, and Unsilenced Majority, an organization dedicated to opposing cancel culture and fighting back against the woke mob and their enablers. As the former chief counsel for nominations to Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, he served as the staff leader for Justice Kavanaugh’s confirmation.

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Wall Street Journal Editorial Nails the Sycophancy in ‘Scrubbing Cuomo’s Emmy’

The Wall Street Journal editorial board nailed it on the head Wednesday in an editorial on “Scrubbing Cuomo’s Emmy.” Last November, the Emmy Award people gave a special award to Gov. Andrew Cuomo for his coronavirus press conferences, for his “masterful use of television to inform and calm people around the world.” (That’s no doubt enabled by his family connections to CNN. which ran him live almost every time he met the press.) 

But now that Mr. Cuomo has been run out of office over sexual-harassment allegations, the International Academy that bestows the celebrity prizes wants to pretend its partisan sycophancy never happened. On Tuesday it rescinded the award granted only nine months ago, replacing the announcement page on its website with a notice that Mr. Cuomo’s “name and any reference to his receiving the award will be eliminated from International Academy materials going forward.”

The Journal writers especially embarrassed actor Ben Stiller for his “cringeworthy” comment at the award presentation that Cuomo might get “more dates than votes,” and the governor joked Stiller was “testing the boundaries of decorum.” Stiller looked about as smart on that occasion as his comic male-model character Derek Zoolander. 

At the ceremony, Emmy president and CEO Bruce Paisner gushed over Cuomo: 

Last spring, when the virus was new and out of control, and the people of New York City were frightened at its relentless spread, one man took it upon himself to use technology to spread reliable information [!] and tell citizens what to do. Governor Cuomo’s daily press conferences were a whole new dimension of public education.

As we were reminded again today, Cuomo mangled information to make New York’s death numbers artificially low. The academy’s bland statement reversing the award makes no mention of Cuomo’s mishandling of information, just the sexual-harassment findings The Journal continued: 

The supposed majesty of Mr. Cuomo’s press conferences wouldn’t be diminished even if the sexual-harassment allegations against him are true. The Academy is confessing its motive by rescinding the award only after Mr. Cuomo’s support among Democrats collapsed.

America’s entertainment elite fawned over a liberal politician. Now they want to pretend they’re holding him accountable for sexual harassment. In fact, they’re trying to escape accountability for their own bad judgment. And they wonder why Americans are losing trust in institutions.

One of those pretenders is CNN’s Brian Stelter. Back in November, Stelter’s newsletter avoided mentioning the Andrew Cuomo Emmy, but in Tuesday night’s edition, Stelter tried to get on the other side of Cuomo by highlighting his last Democrat opponent Cynthia Nixon, a celebrated actor on HBO’s Sex and the City, who cracked she still retains her two Emmy awards: 

This is a little sad, since Stelter starred in our Bill D’Agostino’s roundup of Andrew Cuomo gushing last year: 

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Hochul promises to correct Cuomo’s mistakes, combat COVID: ‘I want you to know you are heard’

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul’s first address in her new position Tuesday afternoon was a short one. However, it was long in content, with significant policy initiatives like a statewide mask mandate for schools, an extension on the state’s eviction ban and more transparency from officials.

Hochul spoke for nearly 12 minutes, 15 hours after taking the oath of office to replace departed Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who resigned amid a sexual harassment scandal and a near-certain impeachment trial. Much like her predecessor and former running mate, she was direct. However, she also pledged her administration would be open and transparent.

The state’s 57th governor cited New York’s 33rd governor in acknowledging her place in history.

The Buffalo native cited Teddy Roosevelt’s “Citizenship in a Republic” speech in her remarks. Specifically, she cited its most famous passage about the man in the arena “marred by dust and sweat and blood” compared to “timid souls” who don’t know either victory or defeat.

“For the first time in New York history, a woman will enter that arena as governor, as I undertake the way, the responsibilities before me know that I have the confidence, the courage, and the ability to lead new Yorkers forward and make New York’s women proud,” Hochul said.

With less than a year before a potential Democratic gubernatorial primary, there’s not going to be a lot of time to learn or recover from defeats. And if she is the Democratic nominee next year, she’ll likely face Republican Long Island U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin in a race state GOP officials have been targeting the race for months.

Zeldin tweeted Tuesday morning that she should fire state Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker “if she is serious about transparency and accountability,” and he started calling it the “Cuomo-Hochul” administration in an effort to anchor her to the highly unpopular former governor.

She admitted she may not be as well known as Cuomo, who carried a national presence even before his daily COVID-19 briefings last year. But she said she knew New Yorkers through her travels across all 62 counties every year and the stories she’s heard from residents.

“As a result of all this, I’ve embraced and internalized the hopes and dreams of 20 million people who share the name New Yorkers,” she said. “And I want you to know you are heard, and I am ready to get to work as your governor to solve the big problems that this state faces.”

And there are major problems before the state right now. While she addressed racial concerns and job growth, she spent most of her time on topics that have dominated New York in the last 18 months – the COVID-19 pandemic and the investigations into the Cuomo administration.

With schools set to open across the state, Hochul will seek to avoid the increases in COVID-19 caseloads occurring elsewhere in the country and leading to school district shutdowns.

After saying last week that she believed a mask mandate was necessary, she announced she was ordering the state Department of Health to implement a “universal” requirement for anyone entering a school facility.

In addition, she also said the state will need to require vaccinations for all school staff but added an opt-out clause for individuals to undergo weekly testing.

“To accomplish this in New York, we need partnerships with all levels of government, and I’m working now on getting this done,” Hochul said. “New York is launching a back-to-school COVID-19 testing program to make testing for students and staff widely available and convenient.”

The testing option is not something New York City is considering in its vaccine mandate for school workers, nor was it an item Cuomo mentioned in his farewell address Monday. However, her policy won quick approval from New York State Teachers United.

Union President Andy Pallotta said Hochul “brings a breath of fresh air” to the state capital.

“We support universal mask-wearing as part of a layered mitigation strategy that also includes robust COVID testing, contract tracing, proper ventilation and other strategies recommended by public health experts,” he said in a statement. “We also support the governor’s move to require regular COVID testing for school staff who are not yet vaccinated. It’s critical that educators continue to have a voice in the implementation of vaccine requirements and other COVID policies at the local level.”

She said more she’ll announce more education policies later this week, and she told New Yorkers to expect more vaccine mandates in the wake of the federal government’s full approval of the Pfizer vaccine for individuals age 16 and older. In addition, she said she’s working to secure booster shots for fully vaccinated residents and locations where those doses will be available.

Another COVID-19-era issue will remain a priority as well, that’s the state’s eviction ban ruled partially unconstitutional by U.S. Supreme Court justices earlier this month.

With the state program set to expire in a week and the potential for thousands and thousands of eviction cases to flood state courts, proponents have called for another extension.

Hochul called for renewing the program, with anyone approved for rental assistance protected from face eviction for a year.

New York has been among the least successful states in delivering federal aid to renters and landlords in a quick fashion, a finding that left the new governor perturbed. She’s not alone, as she added Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, D-Bronx, and Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, D-Yonkers, share her urgency.

“I want the money out now,” she said. “I want it out with no more excuses and delays.”

While some COVID-19 policies will remain the same or slightly reworked, Hochul pledged her administration will work markedly different from her predecessor, whose term was filled with criticism about the lack of transparency and a toxic environment where the brash Cuomo would often seek to intimidate people – either privately or publicly.

One immediate change in policy will be to require all sexual harassment training to take place in-person, so people can’t just “click their way through a class,” she said. Ethics training, something she found surprising as it’s not mandatory for all state workers, will also be required.

The call to reform ethics and sexual harassment policies was welcomed by several lawmakers and advocates. Erica Vladimer, who represents the Sexual Harassment Working Group, tweeted that the Albany-based group of former legislative staffers seeking reforms stands ready to work with her and included a link to the group’s six-bill policy agenda.

“The @NYSenateDems are already on board, and I’m sure with a little encouragement, @NYSA_Majority will be, too,” Vladimer tweeted.

Hochul also wants freedom of information requests to be handled more expeditiously and for all state agencies to conduct reviews to ensure their compliance with transparency laws.

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Coward Cuomo’s Last Act of Treachery

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Disgraced Andrew Cuomo abandoned the New York governor’s mansion last week, leaving nearly 15,000 dead nursing home residents in his wake as a result of a catastrophic executive order forcing their facilities to take in COVID-19-infected patients. He also left behind a bevy of female underlings with a mountain of sordid sexual harassment allegations. And, reportedly, Cuomo also ditched his poor dog, whom two state troopers claim he tried to pawn off to any willing taker.

But that’s not all.

In the dark of night, safe from public scrutiny or accountability, Coward Cuomo granted clemency to one of the radical left’s most notorious anti-cop convicts — a man whose family’s elite privilege I’ve chronicled for the past 19 years. David Gilbert is the Weather Underground domestic terrorist sentenced to 75 years-to-life in prison for his role in the infamous 1981 Brink’s robbery in Nyack, New York. Gilbert and his wife, Kathy Boudin, were leaders in the 1960s group of rich-kid agitators who bombed government buildings and corporate headquarters and aided convicted felons in jailbreaks.

The married militants acted as chauffeurs for the Black Liberation Army robbers who held up a Brink’s truck at a Rockland County mall and stole more than $1.6 million. Two of the holdup victims gunned down in the botched Brink’s robbery were police officers. One was a private security guard. All three were military veterans from working-class backgrounds.

As I’ve noted previously in my columns dating back to 2002, Gilbert and Boudin’s abandoned son, Chesa, is the pampered Rhodes Scholar and now pro-criminal district attorney in San Francisco who has faithfully whitewashed his biological parents’ crimes (and those of his unrepentant adoptive parents, Weather Underground poster couple Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn).

Celebrating the clemency order this week, Chesa Boudin claimed that his father “never intended harm.”

What a steaming crock of San Francisco street manure.

Gilbert was defiant at trial and has called himself a “political prisoner” for the entirety of his 40-year imprisonment, which he has spent advising Black Lives Matter leaders and other fledgling Marxist militant groups. Gilbert called the deadly shootings and robbery “revolutionary expropriation.” As one of his sycophants explained, the domestic terrorist crimes were “aimed at supplying financial support for the Black Revolutionary Army, a militant spin-off from the Black Panther Party.”

Reminder: In 1973, Black Liberation Army/Black Panther member Joanne Chesimard (“Assata Shakur”) shot and killed New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster execution-style during a traffic stop. The gunfight also left her brother-in-law, Black Liberation Army leader Zayd Malik Shakur, dead. At the time, the Black Liberation Army had been tied to the murders of more than 10 police officers across the country. Chesimard, Zayd Shakur and another member were wanted for questioning in the murder of two of those cops when they were stopped.

Chesimard was convicted and sentenced to life in 1977 but escaped from prison two years later with help from violent left-wing accomplices. One of those thugs, Black Liberation Army killer Tyrone Rison, admitted to participating in a series of armored-car robberies, including a $250,000 heist in the Bronx on June 2, 1981, that left a Brink’s guard dead. Rison also confessed to taking part in the planning of the Brink’s robbery in which Boudin said his father and mother meant “no harm.”

I remind you, again, as I have for the past two decades, that police officers Waverly Brown and Edward O’Grady and Brink’s guard Peter Paige were murdered during the homicidal siege. Brown, who served in the Air Force after the Korean War, had two grown daughters and a teenage son. O’Grady, who served in the Marines and did two tours of duty in Vietnam, left behind a wife and three children — 6, 2 and 6 months old. Paige, a Navy veteran, also left behind a wife and three kids — 19, 16 and 9.

If you care to take a stand against Cuomo’s last act of remorseless corruption and against the anarchotyranny that grips our country still today, please consider contributing to the O’Grady-Brown Memorial Scholarship Fund, which honors the memory of the fallen Nyack Police Department officers by supporting students pursuing careers in law enforcement. More information at

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Former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s special 2020 International Emmy award is being rescinded

The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced on Tuesday that it is revoking former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s special 2020 International Emmy Award.

“The International Academy announced today that in light of the New York Attorney General’s report, and Andrew Cuomo’s subsequent resignation as Governor, it is rescinding his special 2020 International Emmy® Award. His name and any reference to his receiving the award will be eliminated from International Academy materials going forward,” a statement noted.

Cuomo had gotten the award for his COVID-19 briefings last year. The International Academy noted in a November 2020 press release that Cuomo would “receive this year’s International Emmy® Founders Award, in recognition of his leadership during the Covid-19 pandemic and his masterful use of television to inform and calm people around the world.”

“The Governor’s 111 daily briefings worked so well because he effectively created television shows, with characters, plot lines, and stories of success and failure,” International Academy President & CEO Bruce L. Paisner said in a statement included in the November release. “People around the world tuned in to find out what was going on, and New York tough became a symbol of the determination to fight back.”

Cuomo faced intense pressure to resign from office in the wake of a report that concluded he had sexually harassed multiple women.

“The independent investigation has concluded that Governor Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women and in doing so violated federal and state law,” state Attorney General Letitia James said earlier this month at a press conference. “Specifically, the investigation found that Governor Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed current and former New York State employees by engaging in unwelcome and nonconsensual touching and making numerous offensive comments of a suggestive and sexual nature that created a hostile work environment for women.”

Cuomo said that he “never touched anyone inappropriately or made inappropriate sexual advances.”

Kathy Hochul, who had been serving as the state’s lieutenant governor, became the new governor of New York on Tuesday. She is the first woman ever to serve as governor in the Empire State.

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Andrew Cuomo’s Honorary Emmy Has Been Revoked – RedState

That sound of something deflating you hear right now is the sound of a million “Cuomosexuals” groaning in disappointment at the same time.

Andrew Cuomo’s political legacy has come undone faster than a Biden press conference on Afghanistan. A lid has officially been called on his governorship. Cuomo exits the governor’s mansion with a trail of bodies and abused women behind him. And, tragically, even his own dog Captain, who was literally left behind in the mansion after Cuomo apparently didn’t need his humanizing influence anymore.

As the fallout from his #MeToo scandal continues to rain down the ashes of his political aspirations all around him, Andrew Cuomo has remained defiant, even to the very end. In his outgoing press conference he struck the tone of victim rather than perpetrator. Surely, no one expected different.

However, in order to salvage what is left of his career, it may be too little too late. Now comes word that The International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has revoked Cuomo’s honorary Emmy. It had been awarded to the New York Governor last year as a recognition for his popular COVID press conferences.

Variety reports:

The International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has taken back the honorary Emmy it had awarded then-New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo last year. In a statement, the org announced on Tuesday that “in light of the New York Attorney General’s report, and Andrew Cuomo’s subsequent resignation as Governor, it is rescinding his special 2020 International Emmy Award. His name and any reference to his receiving the award will be eliminated from International Academy materials going forward.”

Cuomo had been given the International Emmy Founders Award “for effective communication and leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic,” the International Academy announced last year in selecting him for the honor.

It’s almost hysterical to actually read the words on the page. The man was offered an Emmy for giving good press conference; even as seniors languished and died, trapped in COVID-ravaged nursing homes as a result of his gross mismanagement of the crisis.

The award was given to acknowledge Cuomo’s use of television to provide information and a sense of calm to viewers during the early outbreak of the pandemic. The award was created to recognize individuals for their ability to transcend cultural divides in connecting to a “common humanity.”

Laughing out loud.

Of course, it isn’t the indirect murder of thousands of New York’s most vulnerable citizens that caused the Academy to revoke the award. It was the serious but less fatal harassment allegations that did him in.

However, when it comes to humiliating an arrogant, corrupt politician I guess we’ll take what we can get.

Now if only Penguin Random House could revoke his three million dollar advance for a book based on a murderous lie.

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