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24, 2010 Andrew Cuomo thinks he can answer for his massive failures and bad judgment by attacking Carl's staff. Now his operatives go nameless as they toss around playground insults. Here's my message to the faceless Cuomo hack: I'll buy a tapas dinner for you, Charlie King and Kirsten Gillebrand at "Wine on Third" in Niagara Falls, New York if you step forward, admit who you are and just answer the facts. Here they are: FACT: Steven Rattner was given immunity from criminal action in the pension fund kickback scandal. New York Times 1JUN10, http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/02/business/02sec.html?_r=2 FACT: Andrew Cuomo accused Pedro Espada of "siphoning money from a charity", a crime that is "especially reprehensible." Yet, there is no criminal action pending against Senator Espada; only a civil action that would entail no jail time. New York Times 20APR10, http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/04/20/espada-accused-of-using-nonprofit-forpersonal-gain/ FACT: Assemblyman Vito Lopez has stolen millions in public funds through his patronage empire in Brooklyn. Yet Andrew Cuomo calls him 'my good friend' and has taken no action against him; because he needs the New York City Democratic machine to drive turnout. New York Daily News 5OCT10, http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/dailypolitics/2010/10/maybe-andrewcuomo-wasnt-that.html FACT: Andrew Farkas was caught stealing $7.6 million in HUD funds that was supposed to be used for maintenance of housing for poor people. Village Voice 29AUG06, http://www.villagevoice.com/2006-08-29/news/andrew-cuomo-s-2-million-man/ FACT: Cuomo called Farkas a 'slum lord', said the action against him was the 'biggest in HUD history', and that Farkas was 'using HUD for his personal ATM', all indisputable quotes not included in a New York Times whitewash on the subject by in-the-tank David Halbfinger. Village Voice 29AUG06, http://www.villagevoice.com/2006-08-29/news/andrew-cuomo-s-2-million-man/ FACT: Farkas was allowed by Cuomo to return less than he stole and admit no wrongdoing, permitting Farkas to go on milking HUD programs and flip his low-income housing portfolio for $910 million. Village Voice 29AUG06, http://www.villagevoice.com/2006-08-29/news/andrew-cuomo-s-2million-man/ FACT: Farkas gave Cuomo $1.2 million after Cuomo left office, and over $900,000 in campaign contributions. In Buffalo, that's called a bribe. Village Voice 29AUG06, http://www.villagevoice.com/2006-08-29/news/andrew-cuomo-s-2-million-man/
FACT: Cuomo has announced no action in the scandal surrounding the Aqueduct Bid rigging scheme involving the Governor, the Secretary to the Governor, the Senate Temporary President, the Senate Democratic Leader, the Secretary to the Senate, a former Senator, a gaming company executive, consultant to the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee Hank Sheinkopf, Governor Paterson's top aide and the chairman of the state racing and wagering board - all Democrats. These men were caught in an exhaustive investigation by State IG Joseph Fisch - why does Andrew do nothing? New York Daily News 21OCT10, http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2010/10/21/2010-1021_inside_deals_secret_lobbying_marked_the_aqueduct_slot_machine_operator_proces s_r.html ###