Tag Archive: Governer Cuomo

Aug 29 2012

REYES TO CUOMO: WE NEED TO CLEAN HOUSE IN ALBANY

Juan Reyes, a breath of fresh air for the Republican Party.

A new hope for good government.

Reyes is calling on Governor Cuomo for ethics reform and points out the impropriety of his opponent Eric Ulrich.

PRESS RELEASE: Citing the growing number of cases of political corruption and abuse of power in the State Capitol, Republican State Senate candidate Juan Reyes of Queens today called for decisive action by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Juan Reyes said “New Yorkers are tired of the never ending scandals coming out of Albany: Brian Mclaughlin, stealing money from little leagues, Malcolm Smith, Hiram Monserrete – misuse of funds and violence, Carl Kruger – bribery, Vito Lopez – sexual harassment, Shirley Huntley – arrested for funneling money, Naomi Rivera probed for misuse of state funds.

Reyes added,

“My own opponent, Eric Ulrich, used convicted felon Richard Hartman to collect many of his nominating petitions, and had another convicted felon, John Haggerty, file those petitions with the Board of Elections. It is as if Ulrich wants to get a head start on Albany by using experienced criminals.”

Reyes continued,

‘”Ulrich’s former chief of staff was also reportedly terminated from a Catholic institution for unknown circumstances. Last year his Chief of Staff was admonished by a Queens Supreme Court Judge for having intentionally deceived Republican voters in what many thought might constitute mail fraud. At least one of his close friends whom he worked with was likewise alleged to have been terminated from a Catholic institution under a cloud.”

Reyes, a former appointee of Mayor Giuliani, continued,

“The Governor has taken some steps to clean up Albany, but we need to go farther. I support the termination of state pension payments for anyone convicted of a felony in relation to his or her official state responsibilities.”

“We also need to put some strict limits on the activities of state legislators,” Reyes added, “starting with a moratorium on any legislative pay raise, and adding term limits for all state constitutional officers, members of the legislature, committee chairmen and legislative floor leaders, including the Senate Majority Leader and Assembly Speaker.”

Reyes noted that “Until a career in the state legislature is seen as a public service, instead of a license to steal, we will continue to be plagued by political corruption.”

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Jan 20 2012

Political Highlights: Avella, Genarro, Cox, Vallone

 

  • Governer Cuomo delivered an address at Queens College. Councilman Jim Genarro issued a gleaming statement on the event below,

“I applaud Gov. Cuomo’s visionary address delivered at Queens College today. His proposals on education, casino gambling and the construction of the country’s largest convention center in Queens are a bold departure from the uninspired and timid governance that has been stifling New York for the last decade. And his proposal to make massive investments in decaying critical State infrastructure and to build an “energy highway” provide a dynamic blueprint for job creation and economic revitalization. I thank Governor Cuomo for making New Yorkers believe that we are once again the Empire State. Excelsior!”

  • Senator Avella is moving on up. This afternoon, Tony is appointed by Senate Minority Leader John L. Sampson to begin serving on the Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee.  The appointment marks Avella’s sixth committee and provides him with more influence over issues of banking legislation at a time when the public has lost its faith in the banking industry, according to a press release. Avella had this to say,

“It is an honor to be appointed to a sixth committee and I am excited at the opportunity to have a more hands-on role in legislation that directly impact our banking industry at such a crucial economic time.  At the same time I look forward to have additional influence that may ease the path to addressing my constituents’ specific concerns involving mortgage rates, loan modifications and interest rates.”

  • Peter Koo did not announce the change of his party yet, however just the thought has sent a chill up the spine of state Chairman Ed Cox who is calling all sides of the fractal Queens GOP for a sit down tomorrow, according to City and State. Queens Politics wonders if tweeting these stories directly to him had anything to do with it. The far more interesting question is where will the meeting be?

 

  • Protecting energy ratepayers, Senator  Gianaris and Council Member Peter F. Vallone, Jr. are pushing a federal judge to reject the proposed settlement for an illegal price-fixing case involving Morgan Stanley and two western Queens power plants that caused ratepayers to lose nearly $300 million in two years, according to a press release.

Vallone said,

“Who came up with this deal – Bernie Madoff? How could the Justice Department and the court allow Morgan Stanley to conspire with Astoria Generating Company and KeySpan to artificially raise rates and make millions of dollars without returning one cent to the ratepayers?”

Gianaris said,

“Allowing a deep-pocketed investment bank to get away with just a slap on the wrist would be treated as the cost of doing business and would continue to permit the bank to reap the benefits of its illicit profits. The settlement proposal is an insult to ratepayers during a difficult economic time, and I encourage Judge Pauley to protect the public by rejecting this proposal

 

 

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