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NY Post ^ | September 12, 2012 | Michael Goodwin

Posted on 09/12/2012 6:23:43 PM PDT by neverdem

Imagine you are one of Shelly Silver’s handpicked protectors. Assume the Assembly speaker appointed you to the state ethics panel with a wink-and-a-nod understanding that you would do his bidding and shield him from gumshoes bearing subpoenas. All was going swimmingly — you acted with abject fealty when the panel met secretly and concluded it would investigate the conduct of Assemblyman Vito Lopez, but not Silver’s attempt to hide a $103,000 payoff to two women who accused Lopez of sexual harassment. Then Gov. Cuomo ruined everything. He piped up and threatened to unleash an army of diggers unless you investigate the whole sordid cover-up, including the roles of Silver, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Comptroller Tom DiNapoli.

Whoa, that was not part of the deal. You are furious. One of your colleagues actually accused the governor of being “coercive and threatening.” Another said she was “very offended.” We feel your pain all the way from Albany. How are you supposed to protect Silver if Cuomo is going to demand an honest investigation? Aren’t there any rules anymore? The answer, hopefully, is that the only rule is the rule of law. What a change that would be. The breakdown of the Silver protection racket — the panel reversed itself and agreed to Cuomo’s demand — is a necessary start to real reform. While the budding investigation still could be sidetracked, Cuomo’s decision to press the issue could turn out to be a watershed moment in modern Albany. Had he not spoken up, the well-fed foxes would have remained on guard at the henhouse. The move is doubly significant because Cuomo hailed the ethics panel he fashioned but now effectively concedes that the cumbersome structure gives legislators the veto power to protect themselves from scrutiny...

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Politics/Elections; US: New York
KEYWORDS: cuomo; sheldonsilver; shellysilver

1 posted on 09/12/2012 6:23:44 PM PDT by neverdem
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Thanks for the reminder, Sun! Tomorrow is Primary Day for local ans state officials.

Four New York State Senators and Their Same-Sex Marriage Money Dance

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2 posted on 09/12/2012 6:53:53 PM PDT by neverdem (Xin loi min oi)
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http://www.elections.ny.gov/

Next Election
September 13, 2012 — State and Local Primary

In New York City and the counties of Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, Rockland, Orange, Putnam and Erie, POLLS OPEN AT 6 AM and CLOSE AT 9 PM. In all other counties POLLS OPEN AT 12 NOON and CLOSE AT 9 PM.

I didn’t realize that it was for only parts of the state. I wonder why that’s so?


3 posted on 09/12/2012 7:18:03 PM PDT by neverdem (Xin loi min oi)
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To: neverdem

Thanks for the ping!


4 posted on 09/12/2012 8:46:52 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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