Wow. This could wind up being a fantastic example of being hoist on your own petard.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo launches a corruption commission, and what does the commission do? They find potential corruption, and it's linked to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. I think this would be where Homer yells doh!
At issue are two donations totaling $100k made to Cuomo's campaign on January 28 by corporations tied to Extell Development. January 28 also happened to be the day a housing bill was passed, giving Extell Development $35 million in tax breaks on a luxury apartment building. Two days later, the bill was signed by Gov. Cuomo, and then less than three weeks after that, Extell Development Chief Executive Gary Barnett kicked in a $100k donation of his own to the Cuomo campaign.
Ain't coincidence something? This was also the first time that Barnett, or the two companies, Elco Master LLC and 134 W 58 LLC (both of whom report the same Louisville, Kentucky address as Extell Development) had donated to Cuomo going back to 1999, the oldest records the New York Daily News could access.
The commission's response to this has been to issue subpoenas to Extell Dvelopment and four other companies who made out good with tax breaks, none of which is starting to look particularly good for Gov. Cuomo. With an already crowded field of scandal in New York politics as of late, one has to wonder why Cuomo would try such a grand gesture, a corruption commission, when he should have maybe figured his potentially crooked-ass dealings might just make it to the light of day. The only other thing you could reasonably draw from this is maybe Cuomo thought the commission wouldn't bite the hand that created them, or that he could tell them what business to investigate and which to leave alone.
At any rate, maybe the Governor should start looking up the word ironic. Maybe he'll score the hipster vote and save his career.
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