Statement from Chairman Ed Cox on the Sentencing of Top Cuomo Advisor Joe Percoco

Statement from Chairman Ed Cox on the Sentencing of Top Cuomo Advisor Joe Percoco

Statement on the Sentencing of Governor Cuomo’s Top Advisor Joe Percoco

September 20, 2018

 

“Today, Andrew Cuomo’s right-hand man, enforcer and ‘brother’ Joe Percoco is headed to a lengthy prison stay for a massive corruption scheme orchestrated inside the Governor’s office on one of his signature projects. New Yorkers do not yet have justice, though. The trial of Cuomo’s closest aides revealed a corrupt, power-hungry operation with Cuomo at the core. It also exposed other violations of state law by Cuomo and Percoco that are currently going unprosecuted.

 

“The only way to restore public trust is for Cuomo himself to be held accountable for his corrupt, pay-to-play government that has stolen billions from the pockets of hardworking New Yorkers. Cuomo appears to be above the law, but voters have the power to hold him accountable.”
Cuomo-Controlled JCOPE is a Corrupt, Political Arm of the Governor’s Office

Cuomo-Controlled JCOPE is a Corrupt, Political Arm of the Governor’s Office

CUOMO-CONTROLLED JCOPE IS A CORRUPT, POLITICAL ARM OF THE GOVERNOR’S OFFICE

So-Called Ethics Watchdog Breaking its Own Laws to Protect Cuomo’s Crimes


New York–September 19th…JCOPE is a corrupt, political arm of Andrew Cuomo that is  breaking state law by burying the Cuomo Administration’s clear violations of the Public Officers Law of abusing state resources for political purposes, the NYGOP today charged.

 

Andrew Cuomo and Joe Percoco’s crimes are going unprosecuted because JCOPE, state’s so-called ethics investigation body, has failed to properly investigate and prosecute the alleged crimes brought to their attention through formal complaints. JCOPE’s Executive Director is Cuomo’s former counsel and nearly half of the board’s commissioners are appointed by the Governor.

 

The NYGOP was recently forced to file an Article 78 lawsuit against JCOPE after months of silence for failure to comply with rules on investigations. The law dictates they are required to vote on whether to conduct a probe within 60 days of receiving a sworn complaint.

 

Now, a new Times Union report revealed that neither the Cuomo’s Administration nor the Cuomo campaign have received the required contact from JCOPE. When a sworn complaint is filed with JCOPE, the law explicitly requires the agency to send any subject of such an ethics complaint a letter outlining possible legal violations, and giving them 15 days to respond.
“There is no longer any doubt that JCOPE is a corrupt, political arm of Andrew Cuomo complicit in covering up his crimes,” said NYGOP Chairman Ed Cox. “Cuomo shut down the Moreland Commission that he couldn’t control when it began investigating him, and JCOPE was his designed replacement. We are in a stunning state of peril when the Governor, his aides, and the state’s so-called ethics body can openly break laws that go unpunished. There needs to be accountability—now.”

 

The NYGOP filed a formal complaint with JCOPE in February following hard evidence that came out of the corruption trial of Cuomo’s associates and investigative reporting by the Times Union that proved Cuomo’s campaign was, in part, being conducted out of the New York City Executive Chamber offices at 633 Third Avenue with calls being made to Cuomo’s fundraisers, campaign consultants and election lawyers. Cuomo himself was in the office, just steps from Joe Percoco on many of the occasions, including during the same timeframe Percoco illegally ordered the state’s economic development agency to rescind project labor agreements for the Governor’s donors who were awarded the corrupt  project.
JCOPE offered no credible explanation for the failure to act under the state law that governs its operations. The NYGOP also noted, former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara has publicly commented that his Buffalo Billion investigation that led to the sweeping convictions of Cuomo’s associated was initiated based on information revealed through reporting done by Jim Heaney of the Investigative Post.
Statement on Democratic Attorney General Primary Results

Statement on Democratic Attorney General Primary Results

Statement on Democratic Attorney General Primary Results

September 13, 2018

 

“New York has become the most corrupt state in the nation under the blind, complicit eyes of Democratic Attorney Generals like Eliot Spitzer, Andrew Cuomo and Eric Schneiderman. Yet, once again, Democrats selected an establishment politician incapable of independence and who will continue the shameful tradition of politicizing the Office of Attorney General. Keith Wofford is a political outsider who will be the people’s lawyer and clean up the corruption that has permeated Albany.”
Statement on Democratic Gubernatorial Primary Results

Statement on Democratic Gubernatorial Primary Results

Statement on the Gubernatorial Democratic Primary Results

September 13, 2018

“Even $25 million can’t buy Andrew Cuomo love from his own party. Tonight, a third of the Democratic Party–the heart and soul of its base–rejected Cuomo and his corruption. This campaign exposed Cuomo for his true self–deceitful, dirty and willing to risk all, including the public’s safety for his own political power. Thankfully, New Yorkers will have a chance to elect a governor whom they can trust in Marc Molinaro whose experience, temperament, and policies will clean up Cuomo’s corruption, lower taxes and create good-paying jobs.  Cynthia Nixon took a large bite out of Cuomo, but his problems are just beginning.”
Cuomo Must Return Dirty Money

Cuomo Must Return Dirty Money

CUOMO MUST RETURN DIRTY MONEY

NYGOP Joins Calls for Him to Return Tainted Crystal Run Donations & Cease Further Payments to the Company


New York–September 4, 2018….The NYGOP today joined the call for Governor Cuomo to return the $400,000 in tainted campaign donations he received from Crystal Run Healthcare in exchange for a $25 million state grant they didn’t need and to cease further payments to the company.

 

The donations made to Cuomo and subsequent state grant they were awarded for two new offices they were already building are now the subject of a federal pay-to-play investigation. New reporting by the Albany Times Union revealed Crystal Run purchased expensive artwork, sound systems and floral arrangements, and the state has already reimbursed them six million dollars, including more than one million worth of office furniture. Crystal Run is one of the fastest growing private health companies, and seemingly well-off following their 2013 sale and lease-back netting $141 million.

 

“This deal stunk to high heaven the minute we learned of it, but the more we find out the worse it gets,” said NYGOP Chairman Ed Cox. “This is corporate welfare on crack. It’s outrageous that Cuomo would give away millions of taxpayer’s hard-earned money just to fill his campaign account. He should return the $400,000 and be indicted as both a matter of law and public opinion.”
What Cuomo Really Thinks About Women

What Cuomo Really Thinks About Women

Statement from Jessica Proud, Spokeswoman, New York Republican Party

August 29, 2018

“Andrew Cuomo’s latest television ad shows exactly how he feels about women. For him to suggest that a college-educated woman, with years of experience in public relations and marketing, including in the field of professional baseball, needs her husband’s help to get an hourly-wage PR job is an insult to women. The governor needs to explain himself.
“Cuomo’s syrupy and sanctimonious pandering to women is as transparent as his ethics panel’s willful blindness to the rampant corruption within the Cuomo Administration. Once again, Andrew Cuomo’s true attitude about women is revealed.”
Shame on you, Andrew Cuomo

Shame on you, Andrew Cuomo

Statement from the NYGOP on Cuomo’s Attack Against Opponent’s Wife

August 28, 2018

“There are no depths to which corrupt Andrew Cuomo won’t sink. Maya Angelou said, ‘When someone shows you who they are, believe them.’ After eight years of his lying, nasty attacks designed to cover up his own corruption and bullying of those who disagree with him, New Yorkers have had enough. We’d call on him to apologize, but we already know he’s too arrogant and stubborn to do it. Shame on you, Andrew Cuomo.” –-Jessica Proud, NYGOP spokeswoman
New Yorkers Chip In for One-Way Ticket to Canada for Cuomo

New Yorkers Chip In for One-Way Ticket to Canada for Cuomo

NEW YORK TAXPAYERS CHIP IN FOR ONE-WAY TICKET TO CANADA FOR ANDREW CUOMO

Corrupt Governor Who Doesn’t Believe America ‘Was Ever That Great’ Can Take a Hike


New York, Aug. 16…New Yorkers furious at Governor Andrew Cuomo for telling an audience Thursday that America “was never that great” have chipped in $55 for a one-way bus ticket from Albany to Canada, the New York Republican State Committee today announced. (The actual ticket, dated for Friday, is above.)

 

“Love it or leave it; that’s your choice, Mr. Cuomo,” said New York GOP spokeswoman Jessica Proud.  “If you don’t think America was ever great-if you don’t appreciate the extraordinary gifts your own family got from her-then there’s a bus ticket to Canada waiting for you. But if you truly believe in America, stay here and apologize to New York school children and their parents, and all Americans, for advancing the ‘hate America’ narrative being pushed by the radical left of the Democratic Party.”

 

New York gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro called on Cuomo to apologize for his remarks on Wednesday, but Mr. Cuomo has refused to do so. “Andrew Cuomo will do or say anything if he thinks it will help position himself for the presidency in 2020,” Ms. Proud continued. “What’s truly disturbing is that this governor thought that America bashing would render him applause instead of almost universal disgust. After eight years of corruption, high taxes, and crazy statements like this one, New Yorkers ready to give this Cuomo a political retirement in November.”
Micromanager Cuomo Wastes $30M on Colored Subway Tiles

Micromanager Cuomo Wastes $30M on Colored Subway Tiles

Micro-Manager Cuomo Wasted Another $30 Million on Subway Vanity Project

Intervenes on Color of Subway Tiles, Yet Expects New Yorkers to Believe Had No Knowledge of Corruption Among Closest Associates?


Another day, another shocking revelation of Cuomo wasting millions of taxpayer’s hard-earned money on his vanity projects. This latest expose by the NY Post details how Cuomo personally intervened to add colored subway tiles to the two tunnel renovations, adding an additional $30 million to the cost of the project.
There are so many things wrong with this.
In what has become the new normal, straphangers are forced to endure long delays, train malfunctions and even dangerous derailments. The “Summer of Hell” has turned into a grueling purgatory for riders due to Cuomo’s penchant for wasting billions of dollars on vanity projects instead of doing what needs to be done to make government–including the trains–operate properly.
But there’s another important point this story illustrates about Cuomo’s notorious and self-admitted reputation for being a micro-manager. Two federal corruption trials that led to the convictions of his closest associates and the facts that came out of the trials and subsequent reporting make it impossible to suggest Cuomo had no knowledge that bids were being illegally steered to his mega-donors or that state resources were continuously being used for his campaign.
Cuomo talks out of both sides of his mouth: in one breath he is bragging about paying attention to crooked subway tiles but when it comes to his corrupt administration, he’s blaming it on subordinates, saying “before you get to me there are 57 levels.”
He can’t have it both ways, but the facts continue to speak louder than any of Cuomo’s lies.
Read more below:

 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered the cash-strapped MTA to waste as much as $30 million on his latest vanity project – retiling two city tunnels in the state’s blue-and-gold color scheme – instead of using the dough for desperately needed subway repairs, The Post has learned.
The boondoggle began soon after the taxpayer-funded agency ordered white tiles to reline the Brooklyn-Battery and Queens-Midtown tunnels after Superstorm Sandy, documents show.
The governor got wind of the plan – and insisted that the cash-strapped transit agency add stripes of blue and gold, thinking nothing of the additional $20 million to $30 million cost, according to sources and project documentation.
“The white tile had already been ordered, but he insisted that [the walls] be in the state colors,” a top construction executive told The Post.
Another builder confirmed that Cuomo ordered the super-costly tile change.
The move now has some on the MTA board seeing red. “We could have found much better uses for that money – especially because most people are speeding through the tunnels and not paying attention to what is on the walls,” seethed board member Andrew Albert.
A second member added, “This is exactly the type of distraction, expense and use of the MTA by the governor as a marketing tool that is at the root of many of our problems.”
The Cuomo-controlled MTA quietly approved the change in November 2016, just months before straphangers endured the “Summer of Hell” as years of neglect caught up with the system.
The MTA is still struggling to find cash to overhaul its decrepit subway signal system, replace decades-old trains and repair crumbling stations.
The MTA buried Cuomo’s tile change in two contract amendments worth $62.6 million.
Gavin Masterson, chief procurement officer of the Bridges and Tunnels division, described the changes at a committee meeting as “modifications to meet New York State branding guidelines.”
The MTA refused to make the contracts available to The Post.
The governor cut the ribbon at the Queens-Midtown Tunnel on Friday, revealing the blue and gold stripes that run its length – and quipped about the added burden.
“These construction workers had an added burden to deal with because every time I went through the tunnel, I would get out, and I would call them over and say, ‘You see this tile is crooked,’ ” Cuomo said.
But the micro-managing is no laughing matter to some workers, who say it’s gotten so bad, they call him “Chief Engineer Cuomo.”
The tunnels are just the latest example of Cuomo’s vanity spending. His office bragged in 2016 about painting the MTA’s new subway cars in the blue-and-gold color scheme, which later appeared on the MTA’s new city buses. State police cars have been repainted in the same colors.
Straphangers were outraged over the wasteful spending.
“I don’t know what cousin of [Cuomo’s] works at what agency that cooked up this idea,” said Katrina Brinkley, 39, as she stood under a dangling wire inside the crumbling Chambers Street J/Z station near City Hall – where missing tiles and leaking ceilings are the norm.
“This station is decrepit. That money could go to so many other things.”
Le-André Ramroop of Brooklyn added, “Has [Cuomo] ever seen this place? Has he been down here?”
MTA rep Jon Weinstein did not dispute the pricy tile change, only saying, “There were absolutely no wasted tiles. “The tunnel reconstruction project is an unmitigated success – finished nine months ahead of schedule and with resiliency and security measures that protect millions of New Yorkers.”
Cuomo spokesman Peter Ajemian added, “We’re proud that we completed this project on budget and ahead of schedule thanks to the men and women at the MTA and other partners.”
Additional reporting by Ruth Weissman
Statement from Chairman Cox on June 26th Primary Results

Statement from Chairman Cox on June 26th Primary Results

June 27, 2018… “Last night was a great night for New York Republicans. Our endorsed candidate Congressman Dan Donovan resoundingly won his primary, paving the way for us to retain our Republican seat in New York City. Across the state, Democrats nominated far-left candidates whose ultra-liberal policies are out of touch with everyday New Yorkers, setting up a stark contrast with our strong incumbents who have a record of results creating jobs, lowering taxes and strengthening America’s security.

 

“Andrew Cuomo’s path to the presidency–and even more so his reelection–were also blown up last night by Democratic voters sick of a corrupt establishment bought and paid for by corporate interests. If they rejected Joe Crowley, imagine what they’ll do to Andrew Cuomo.”