Pay-for-play allegation hits Cuomo in New York

posted at 12:41 pm on August 9, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Has a corruption commission launched by New York governor Andrew Cuomo backfired on his political ambitions?  The New York Daily News reports that Cuomo received two donations totaling $100,000 from a developer who stands to reap millions from a tax break signed by Cuomo — two days before he signed the bill:

A top development company donated $100,000 to Gov. Cuomo just days before he signed a bill that quietly showered the firm with lucrative tax breaks.

Two corporations tied to Extell Development each contributed $50,000 to Cuomo’s campaign, which recorded the checks on Jan. 28 — the same day the Assembly passed a housing bill that contained tax breaks for five developers, including Extell, records show.

Cuomo signed the legislation two days later.

Well, maybe these were longtime supporters just making a regular contribution … or not:

The twin $50,000 donations were made by Elco Master LLC and 134 W 58 LLC. Each listed the same Louisville, Ky., address of Extell Financial Services, which is part of Extell Development. It was the first time either company contributed to Cuomo, state records show.

Less than three weeks later, the NYDN discovered, Extell CEO Gary Barnett donated another $100,000 to the state Democratic Party.  This was also Barnett’s first time at the Democratic rodeo, at least going back to 1999, the oldest records the NYDN could access. Coincidentally, that’s precisely the time when Cuomo used party funds to run ads pushing his political agenda.

That’s not to say that Extell didn’t use good business sense in kicking into the kitty.  The bill will cost New York City $35 million to service those tax breaks on Extell’s apartment building, ONE57.  The return on investment, as well as the timing, give a strong suggestion of a quid pro quo at play.

When the NYDN first discovered this big tax break two months ago, the bill’s five legislative sponsors couldn’t even recall who picked the projects to receive benefits. A commission on political corruption may get to the bottom of that soon, as they have issued subpoenas to Extell and four other companies who ended up with lucrative tax breaks.  Ironically, the commission was created by Cuomo himself to probe state government corruption after a series of scandals in New York.

Needless to say, this complicates Cuomo’s ambitions for his future political career, if not his current position in New York. Empire State voters should pay particular attention to the commission’s work in unraveling the mighty coincidental timing of tax breaks and big campaign contributions.


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Ha ha! I despise the Cuomos — all of them. They’re an embarrassment to Italians and Catholics everywhere.

JoAnn1965 on August 9, 2013 at 12:44 PM

So, what’s new? That’s how the Dems roll.

chewmeister on August 9, 2013 at 12:47 PM

Needless to say, this complicates Cuomo’s ambitions for his future political career, if not his current position in New York.

Are you serious?

rob verdi on August 9, 2013 at 12:47 PM

chewmeister on August 9, 2013 at 12:47 PM

this

he’s got a D next to his name…no worries

cmsinaz on August 9, 2013 at 12:48 PM

Pay-for-play allegation hits Cuomo in New York

Doesn’t matter. Cuomo is for abortion on-demand AT ANY TIME so he’s golden.

Resist We Much on August 9, 2013 at 12:51 PM

He should have invested in pork bellies then there would be no problem!

rjoco1 on August 9, 2013 at 12:52 PM

Nothing will happen to him he has a D after his name…

sandee on August 9, 2013 at 12:53 PM

“Cuomo received two donations totaling $100,000 from a developer who stands to reap millions from a tax break signed by Cuomo — two days before he signed the bill”

Subtle.

eMatters on August 9, 2013 at 12:53 PM

DEMOCRAT governor Cuomo.

jukin3 on August 9, 2013 at 12:54 PM

Oh please, the guy wears more makeup than a Bronx prostitute.
This is nothing..move along….

ToddPA on August 9, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Meh, just a resume enhancer for another corrupt Fascist-Democrat.

rbj on August 9, 2013 at 12:59 PM

Our country is now taking so steady a course as to show by what road it will pass to destruction, to wit: by consolidation of power first, and then corruption, its necessary consequence.

roflmmfao

donabernathy on August 9, 2013 at 12:59 PM

I thought it was a requirement in New York to have at least one corruption charge on your resume before you could be elected.

Ukiah on August 9, 2013 at 1:00 PM

If he takes any grief at all over this, it’ll only be because he didn’t really cash in when he had the chance.

“One hundred grand? That’s chicken feed! What kind of piker is this guy anyway?”

Gator Country on August 9, 2013 at 1:01 PM

hmmmmm… nice work, Hillary.

dpduq on August 9, 2013 at 1:01 PM

The sky appears to still be blue.

Schadenfreude on August 9, 2013 at 1:01 PM

I thought it was a requirement in New York to have at least one corruption charge on your resume before you could be elected.

Ukiah on August 9, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Same is true in Chicago.

chewmeister on August 9, 2013 at 1:03 PM

Pay-for-play allegation … in New York

BADGE. OF. HONOR.

Pork-Chop on August 9, 2013 at 1:03 PM

Amazing what you can do when stealing taxpayer dollars.

KMC1 on August 9, 2013 at 1:04 PM

Let’s just cut to the chase: they’re ALL corrupt. Every f*cking one of them.

rrpjr on August 9, 2013 at 1:05 PM

A Musical interlude

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1wg1DNHbNU

roflmao

donabernathy on August 9, 2013 at 1:05 PM

Speaking of delusional/phony people

Schadenfreude on August 9, 2013 at 1:05 PM

When the NYDN first discovered this big tax break two months ago, the bill’s five legislative sponsors couldn’t even recall who picked the projects to receive benefits.

Bones and cheerleaders come to mind.

cbenoistd on August 9, 2013 at 1:12 PM

Meet the New Boss, same as the Old Boss.

The only difference between corrupt Dem pols in NY, and their GOP counterparts, is that the GOP seems to do it with a bit of style and grace –
Cuomo and Co. just hits you over the head until you pay.

Aptly named:
The Empire State!
Little People need not apply.

Another Drew on August 9, 2013 at 1:18 PM

NY got the government it deserved. It’s not going to matter come election time, because the Republicans will cave and not run anyone against him. Its just like the Republicans in DC. They just accept that the Dems run things in the state.
Cuomo has been dirty for years. But no one in the NY media has the balls to go after him.

Iblis on August 9, 2013 at 1:20 PM

Years ago the Village Voice documented Cuomo’s role via HUD in the collapse of the housing market/the economy. How this man ended up as Governor of New York is beyond comprehension. He is just another awful, corrupt, Democrat social engineer. Oh wait! That explains it.

Buy Danish on August 9, 2013 at 1:23 PM

Schadenfreude on August 9, 2013 at 1:05 PM

Hey Schaden, next time let me know you’re linking to a Krugman article and I won’t waste a precious click of the mouse….thanks in advance!!

Deano1952 on August 9, 2013 at 1:29 PM

In the pocket of the mob, always has been.

StevC on August 9, 2013 at 2:18 PM

Dirty mobster just like his daddy.

Buttercup on August 9, 2013 at 2:31 PM

And how’s that Never-y Change-y stuff workin’ out for ya?
 
verbaluce on August 7, 2013 at 1:02 PM

rogerb on August 9, 2013 at 2:39 PM

Corruption in state governments is at least as common as on the federal level, much of it stays under the radar as legislators with relatively small salaries are happy to sell out for peanuts.

It’s rarer to hit the Governors’ Mansions, but the east coast north of DC does seem particularly vulnerable to it.

Adjoran on August 9, 2013 at 3:08 PM

hmmmmm… nice work, Hillary.

dpduq on August 9, 2013 at 1:01 PM

My sentiments exactly.

either orr on August 9, 2013 at 3:15 PM

Nothing will happen to him he has a D after his name…
sandee on August 9, 2013 at 12:53 PM

True dat.
Don’t blame the developer though, good return on investment.

yesiamapirate on August 9, 2013 at 3:51 PM

What do you neeeeeeeed $100,000.00 for?

Cleombrotus on August 9, 2013 at 3:57 PM

Way to go, Hilda-beast!

Jayrae on August 9, 2013 at 4:26 PM

Andy is scum just like his old man Mario was….

“You don`t NEED TEN BULLETS to shoot a DEAAAAHHHH”
Probably the most intelligent thing to come from the cement block he calls a brain.

NY Conservative on August 9, 2013 at 4:32 PM

B.A.U…..Business as usual.

SMACKRUNNER on August 9, 2013 at 4:39 PM

“At some point, haven’t you taken enough bribes”?

slickwillie2001 on August 9, 2013 at 4:46 PM

Even crony capitalists are appalled – at the low rate of return. Usually $100,000 in “investment” in politicians brings in more than $35 million in “returns”.

Steve Eggleston on August 9, 2013 at 6:20 PM

hmmmmm… nice work, Hillary.

dpduq on August 9, 2013 at 1:01 PM

You know, I’ve never understood why there’s never been one word spoken, not on HotAir or any other Conservative blog or by anyone else, about what always seemed so painfully obvious to me. It was Hillary supporters very high up at ABC who aired the Jeremiah Wright videos as a last ditch desperation move to save Hillary’s floundering primary run.

There’s really no other explanation.

ardenenoch on August 9, 2013 at 6:56 PM