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  • Media Misses Key Ethical Questions In U.S. Senate Race In NY

    05/27/2010 1:04:44 PM PDT · by QueenCarlaC · 1 replies · 140+ views
    Official Wire ^ | May 27, 2010 | Official Wire
    Lack of insightful media coverage of political dirty tricks leads to “Stop D’Amato” Facebook campaign Published on May 27, 2010 by Official Wire (OfficialWire) WASHINGTON, D.C. You’ve seen Facebook sites that try to find a million fans of something. Now, thanks to inadequate media coverage in New York, a Facebook fan site is being used to educate the voting public. Created by America Outraged Political Action Committee, the recently launched “1,000+ People to STOP the D’Amato Machine!” (http://www.facebook.com/stopdamato) seeks to find over a thousand people by May 28 to “like” the page and voice their disapproval of political power broker...
  • Andrew Cuomo kicks off run for governor with vow to 'rebuild New York' (Leads opposition by 40%)

    05/23/2010 1:29:24 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies · 949+ views
    NY POST ^ | 05/23/2010 | LORENA MONGELLI and GINGER ADAMS OTIS
    Attorney General Andrew Cuomo finally went public with Albany's worst-kept secret yesterday -- throwing himself into the gubernatorial race with an ambitious strategy to shake up the "dysfunctional" Capitol and save the state. "I have a plan to rebuild New York from the ground up," Cuomo declared in front of the Tweed Courthouse in lower Manhattan, where he discussed his candidacy in front of hundreds of supporters. "We stand today next to one of the historic monuments to government corruption," he said. "Well, unfortunately, Albany's antics today could make Boss Tweed blush." Cuomo detailed his strategy for putting an end...
  • NY's Cuomo announces he's running for governor

    05/22/2010 8:34:49 AM PDT · by LouAvul · 9 replies · 425+ views
    <p>Democrat Andrew Cuomo made it official Saturday after months of playing coy: He will seek the New York governor's job once held by his father. Cuomo, who as state attorney general has built a national reputation with his campaigns against public corruption, posted a video and statement online announcing his candidacy, promising to continue his crusade and change the notoriously shady culture of Albany.</p>
  • AG eyes LI Ivy's poison; Hid Madoff scam

    05/13/2010 3:47:10 AM PDT · by Liz · 8 replies · 251+ views
    NY POST ^ | 5/12/10 | KAJA WHITEHOUSE
    ..... hedge-fund firm Ivy Asset Management is accused of hiding "disturbing facts" about Madoff from clients on fears the truth would crimp their revenue.....a civil lawsuit claims former CEO Lawrence Simon and ex-CIO Howard Wohl, were aware for some 10 years that Madoff's operation was suspect, but they "kept clients in the dark," pocketing $40M in advisory and due-diligence fees between 1998-2008 that led hundreds of investors, and dozens of NY union pensions and welfare plans, to lose a combined $227M.
  • Prosecutors Ask if 8 Banks Duped Rating Agencies (New York's would-be governor Andrew Cuomo)

    05/13/2010 6:54:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies · 150+ views
    New York Times ^ | 05/13/2010 | Louise Story
    The New York attorney general has started an investigation of eight banks to determine whether they provided misleading information to rating agencies in order to inflate the grades of certain mortgage securities, according to two people with knowledge of the investigation. The investigation parallels federal inquiries into the business practices of a broad range of financial companies in the years before the collapse of the housing market. Where those investigations have focused on interactions between the banks and their clients who bought mortgage securities, this one expands the scope of scrutiny to the interplay between banks and the agencies that...
  • State Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada rejects Cuomo claim of sham program

    04/28/2010 6:36:44 PM PDT · by neverdem · 3 replies · 198+ views
    Staten Island Advance ^ | April 28, 2010 | Associated Press
    ALBANY, N.Y. -- New York Sen. Pedro Espada calls the latest lawsuit filed against him by Attorney General Andrew Cuomo a further attempt at "political assassination" and denies running a sham job training program. In a suit today , Cuomo says the Bronx Democrat and his son Pedro G. Espada are violating labor laws and shortchanging workers through the training program at their Bronx health centers...
  • What's taking so long? 50% of NY Dems want Andrew Cuomo to declare he's running for governor now

    04/19/2010 8:14:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies · 264+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | 04/19/2010 | Kenneth Lovett
    A growing number of Democrats want Attorney General Andrew Cuomo to formally announce his election plans now - rather than continue to delay. A full 50% of Democrats say Cuomo should declare his intentions now, according to the Siena College poll. And 62% of Democrats say he should run for governor rather than seek reelection as attorney general, compared to 22% who want him to stay where he is. Overall, voters by a 53% to 31% margin, want him to run for governor. Sources say Cuomo is likely to announce his gubernatorial bid as soon as next Wednesday, when he...
  • Andy fears 'crazy' Levy

    03/22/2010 1:06:20 PM PDT · by neverdem · 14 replies · 463+ views
    NY Post ^ | March 22, 2010 | FREDRIC U. DICKER
    Andrew Cuomo, gearing up for a late April announcement, breathed a loud sigh of relief over the weekend after hard-charging Democratic-turned-Republican Steve Levy failed to win Conservative Party backing for his new gubernatorial campaign. While Attorney General Cuomo enjoys a wide lead over all comers in the race for governor, he and his advisers believe the high-energy "and a little crazy" Suffolk County executive is a far more dangerous GOP opponent than former Rep. Rick Lazio, the undistinguished current Conservative favorite, or little-known Buffalo businessman Carl Paladino, Democratic insiders say. "There is a lot of anger out there in New...
  • '60 Minutes' Silent on Government Role in Financial Crisis

    03/15/2010 1:27:56 PM PDT · by 198ml · 17 replies · 676+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | 03/15/10 | Anthony Kang
    "He dug into the idiocy and negligence that produced the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression," Steve Kroft opened a segment of the March 14 CBS "60 Minutes," featuring author Michael Lewis' latest work - "The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine." If Lewis "dug into the idiocy and negligence," he did so selectively - or that's what viewers could conclude from the long "60 Minutes" report, which concerned itself with how "some of Wall Street's smartest minds managed to destroy $1.75 trillion of wealth in the sub-prime mortgage markets." Somehow, in a 24-minute report about the sub-prime mortgage...
  • Prosecutor, Charge Thyself (Cuomo's role in the meltdown)

    02/08/2010 3:00:02 AM PST · by The Raven · 10 replies · 498+ views
    The Wall St Journal ^ | Feb 8, 2010 | editorial
    ... Entitled, "Highlights of HUD Accomplishments 1997-1999," the document chronicles the "accomplishments under the leadership of Secretary Andrew Cuomo, who took office in January 1997." View Full Image Associated Press Andrew Cuomo .HUD's Web visitors learn that in 1999 "Secretary Cuomo established new Affordable Housing Goals requiring Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac—two government sponsored enterprises involved in housing finance—to buy $2.4 trillion in mortgages in the next 10 years. This will mean new affordable housing for about 28.1 million low- and moderate-income families. The historic action raised the required percentage of mortgage loans for low- and moderate-income families that the...
  • Blaming Bank of America: Andrew Cuomo sues the bank for following Treasury orders.

    02/06/2010 5:44:43 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 21 replies · 847+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | February 6, 2010
    ... [Attorney General Andrew Cuomo's] charges are certainly creative in that they get the bank executives coming and going: "Bank of America's management intentionally failed to disclose massive losses at Merrill so that shareholders would vote to approve the merger. Once the deal was approved, Bank of America's management manipulated the federal government into saving the deal with billions in taxpayer funds by falsely claiming that they would back out of the deal without bailout funds." ... If Mr. Cuomo truly believes that BofA shareholders and executives deserve to pay the political cost of the financial crisis, perhaps a refresher...
  • Rick Lazio targets Andrew Cuomo in New York governor's race

    02/02/2010 12:09:09 AM PST · by neverdem · 8 replies · 360+ views
    syracuse.com ^ | February 01, 2010 | The Associated Press
    ALBANY, N.Y. — Republican Rick Lazio told state Conservative Party leaders Monday that Democrat Andrew Cuomo has been hiding in a foxhole while Albany burns. Even as Lazio targeted Albany’s political status quo as out of touch with New Yorkers, he drew a challenge for the Republican nomination to run for governor from a candidate who said he represents the GOP’s antiestablishment “tea party” faction. The announcement by Warren Redlich of Albany County shows a revived interest in the prospects for the Republican party, which lost its base of power in the 2008 elections. Of Cuomo, Lazio said, “Rather than...
  • GOP gubernatorial wannabe Rep. Rick Lazio rips into Attorney General Andrew Cuomo

    02/01/2010 1:06:37 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 316+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | 2/1/10 | Glenn Blain
    COLONIE, NY - GOP gubernatorial wannabe Rick Lazio ripped into Attorney General Andrew Cuomo Monday, saying "you can't lead from a foxhole." Addressing a state Conservative party conference, Lazio attacked Cuomo, who is expected to announce a run for governor in late March, for remaining behind the scenes and staying silent as New York grapples with one crisis after another. "A year ago Andrew Cuomo left this conference and rather than provide the kind of leadership the state is hungry for, he locked himself in his office and watched as Albany burned," Lazio said. He never mentioned Gov. Paterson's name...
  • Sandra Lee and Andrew Cuomo: A Love Story

    12/04/2009 7:57:25 PM PST · by iowamark · 62 replies · 5,499+ views
    NY Post ^ | 12/03/2009 | Annie Karn
    ..New York's attorney general and his celebrity girlfriend, Food Network shortcut-cooking queen Sandra Lee, are out for a private pleasure cruise. Upstate and out of the limelight, it's just "Sandy" and "Andy," as they call each other, alone on the open road... Lee often cooks Italian food for Cuomo, whose favorite meal is her simple lasagna, which she prepares with canned tomato soup, cottage cheese and ground chuck... But as talk of a gubernatorial run for 51-year-old Cuomo begins to intensify—he enjoys a 67 percent job approval rating, and the most recent polls show him trouncing David Paterson by a...
  • Obama Requests That Paterson Drop Campaign

    09/19/2009 8:31:25 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 138 replies · 5,476+ views
    New York Times ^ | 9-19-2009 | By RAYMOND HERNANDEZ
    WASHINGTON — President Obama has sent a request to Gov. David A. Paterson that he withdraw from the New York governor’s race, fearing that Mr. Paterson cannot recover from his dismal political standing, according to two senior administration officials and a New York Democratic operative with direct knowledge of the situation. The decision to ask Mr. Paterson to step aside was proposed by political advisers to Mr. Obama, but approved by the president himself, one of the administration officials said. “Is there concern about the situation in New York? Absolutely,” the second administration official said Saturday evening. “Has that concern...
  • CUOMO CLOBBERS GOV: POLL

    08/22/2009 8:03:03 PM PDT · by neverdem · 19 replies · 1,191+ views
    NY Post ^ | August 16, 2009 | FREDRIC U. DICKER
    By FREDRIC U. DICKER, STATE EDITOR ALBANY -- Gov. Paterson gets more grim political news today, as another statewide poll shows Attorney General Andrew Cuomo trouncing him by 4 to 1 in a hypothetical primary match next year. Democrats, by nearly 2 to 1, said that New York's accidental governor doesn't deserve to be elected on his own...
  • NY Attorney General Cuomo Sends Out Letter To Retailers To Halt The Sale Of Toy Guns

    07/28/2009 5:17:49 PM PDT · by Talkradio03 · 26 replies · 836+ views
    hotairpundit ^ | 7/28/09 | talkradio03
    They not only go after the 2nd amendment, they wanna ban those toy guns too, no word on if the supersoaker 300 is on the list....
  • NYT Headline On Cuomo Probing ‘Immigration Fraud’ Too Good To Be True–And Is

    05/29/2009 4:32:39 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 6 replies · 505+ views
    FinkelBlog ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Somewhere this morning, maybe in a scroll at Morning Joe, I saw an item about Andrew Cuomo cracking down on immigration fraud. Wow, I thought: what a pleasant surprise! I immediately devised a political theory to explain his move: as Cuomo prepares to run for governor, he must have decided he needs to appeal to average New Yorkers concerned about the flood of illegal immigration into the state. So I Googled ‘Cuomo’ + ‘immigration’ and sure enough found lots of stories. I focused on an article in the New York Times with this encouraging headline: “Cuomo Widens a Probe Into...
  • TARP Looking More Criminal by the Minute - The issue of TARP corruption may now extend from...

    04/24/2009 7:18:44 PM PDT · by neverdem · 12 replies · 1,224+ views
    National Review Online ^ | April 24, 2009 | Donald Luskin
    April 24, 2009, 1:42 a.m. TARP Looking More Criminal by the MinuteThe issue of TARP corruption may now extend from corporate CEOs and federal regulators to New York’s attorney general. By Donald Luskin Is TARP a criminal enterprise? When a CNBC producer called me on Wednesday to see if I’d debate that question on the Kudlow Report that evening, I thought the allegation was ridiculous. How could the U.S. Treasury’s Troubled Assets Relief Program to rescue the banking system possibly be compared to the Sopranos? But now I’m not so sure. Yesterday’s sensational claims by New York Attorney General...
  • Did Bernanke Bully BofA?

    04/23/2009 10:33:44 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 13 replies · 755+ views
    Forbes ^ | 4/23/2009 | Brian Wingfield
    The integrity of the government's bailout actions are called into question by a new report. There's a lot at stake. A new report by the New York Attorney General says that government officials bullied Bank of America Chief Ken Lewis into accepting a merger with Merrill Lynch--then ordered him to keep mum about losses at Merrill. What's at stake? The integrity of the government's bailout actions, for one. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's reputation, for another. And of course Lewis' job. Thursday, New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo released documents charging that in December former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson pressured...
  • AIG Bonuses: Surrendered Under Pressure?

    03/25/2009 10:58:54 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 27 replies · 741+ views
    cnbc.com ^ | March 24, 2009 | Michelle Caruso-Cabrera
    An email from the head of a controversial unit at AIG suggests employees who gave up their bonuses did not do so voluntarily, but feared their names would be released if they did not. The email, obtained by CNBC, states the following: “Please be aware that we have received assurances from Attorney General Cuomo that no names will be released by his office before he completes a security review which is expected to take at least a week. To the extent that we meet certain participation targets, it is not expected that the names would be released, at all.” The...
  • Cuomo To AIG: Hand Over The Money And No One Gets Hurt

    03/24/2009 3:45:15 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 10 replies · 494+ views
    FinkelBlog ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Listen to Andrew Cuomo’s statement [which sounds strangely like a ransom message], aired on Morning Joe today, about the decision of a number of the AIG bonus babies to return the dough: If the’re doing “the right thing,” it’s at the point of a public-disclosure gun. And don’t you love Cuomo’s concluding statement: View video here.
  • For Cuomo, Financial Crisis Is His Political Moment

    03/21/2009 5:58:23 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 8 replies · 400+ views
    New York Times ^ | March 20, 2009 | Michael Powell, Danny Hakim, and Louise Story
    Andrew M. Cuomo [...] often likens his investigations to a fine opera. The opening act [...] is taken up with his investigation and rivets the audience’s attention. The middle acts are sung by tenors from executive suites, who agree to change their misbegotten ways. The final act, in his rendition, is played by Congress or the State Legislature, which enacts new laws and systemic reform. ... Mr. Cuomo’s use of his office, its powers and its bully pulpit, is muscular. He has [issued subpoenas to get] the names of bonus recipients from American International Group and Merrill Lynch. [...] But...
  • The Inevitability of Andrew Cuomo: Will He Go For It?

    03/03/2009 10:19:03 PM PST · by neverdem · 3 replies · 385+ views
    NY Observer ^ | March 3, 2009 | Jason Horowitz
    On Feb. 2, the lobbyist and former senator Al D’Amato threw a fund-raiser at the 101 Club on Park Ave in support of “Andrew Cuomo 2010.” The office was not specified. “He’s a rising star,” said former mayor Ed Koch, who attended the fund-raiser but did not make a contribution. For his part, Mr. Koch said he would support Mr. Paterson in a potential primary against Mr. Cuomo, but he said the guests at the fund-raiser were “definitely” trying to build relationships with Mr. Cuomo, who he predicted would run for governor at some point in the future. For many...
  • Poll: Paterson's popularity continues to slide

    02/25/2009 8:20:02 AM PST · by george76 · 23 replies · 594+ views
    Associated Press ^ | February 24, 2009
    A new poll released Tuesday shows Gov. David Paterson slumping to the lowest job approval and favorability ratings since he took office almost a year ago. The Siena College Research Institute also looked at potential 2010 election matchups and found the Democrat trailing Republican Rudy Giuliani — 51% to 36% — despite a 2-to-1 enrollment advantage for Democrats in New York. They were in a dead heat a month ago. The poll shows Democratic Attorney General Andrew Cuomo leading Paterson 51 to 38% in another possible contest. Neither Mr. Giuliani nor Mr. Cuomo have said they will challenge Mr. Paterson...
  • Andrew Cuomo Thinks New York Can Do Better

    02/12/2009 1:17:46 PM PST · by neverdem · 12 replies · 409+ views
    NY Observer ^ | February 11, 2009 | Azi Paybarah
    Attorney General Andrew Cuomo wants to reinvent New York government. And maybe take it over. His speech today, at a breakfast in the Regency Hotel hosted by the Citizens Budget Commission, was about his proposal to consolidate the state’s more than 10,000 local government bodies and taxing authorities. Cuomo has said, with reason, that they are the cause of higher taxes and a less efficient government. But intermingled in Cuomo's pitch for this most technocratic of ideas, there was stirring rhetoric—of a sort easily recognizable to anyone who was around for his run for governor in 2002—about returning competence to...
  • Merrill bonuses made 696 millionaires: probe

    02/11/2009 1:26:04 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 46 replies · 837+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 2/11/09 | AFP
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – Merrill Lynch quietly paid out at least one million dollars bonus each to about 700 top executive even when the investment house was bleeding with losses last year, a probe has revealed. They were part of 3.6 billion dollars in the firm's bonus payments in December before the announcement of its fourth quarterly losses and takeover by Bank of America, the investigation by the New York state Attorney General's office showed. "696 individuals received bonuses of one million dollars or more," New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said of the Merrill scandal in a letter to a...
  • Subpoena issued for John Thain

    01/30/2009 11:48:59 PM PST · by neverdem · 1 replies · 460+ views
    Financial Post ^ | January 27, 2009 | Martha Graybow and Jonathan Stempel
    Reuters NEW YORK -- New York's attorney general issued a subpoena to former Merrill Lynch Chief Executive John Thain Tuesday in a probe into bonuses paid to the firm's employees just days before its takeover by Bank of America Corp. Attorney General Andrew Cuomo is also examining disclosures by Bank of America related to Merrill's financial health, including the timing and adequacy of the disclosures, a source familiar with the situation told Reuters. Mr. Cuomo did not outline specific crimes that may have been committed, only that his office sought testimony from the executives following the latest news on bonuses....
  • Poll: Cuomo right at Paterson's heels

    01/26/2009 3:02:51 PM PST · by neverdem · 20 replies · 542+ views
    Village Voice ^ | January 26, 2009 | Tom Robbins
    Governor Paterson tried to show he's listening today by cancelling one bad idea -- the tax-payer-financed junket he'd planned to the glitzy World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. But the poor guy can't catch a break: A new poll has his would-be rival, Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, just two points behind him in a potential pimary contest -- a big catch-up for Cuomo who was trailing the gov by 23 percent just last month. The Siena Research Institute survey also found that most New Yorkers dislike Paterson's nibble taxes -- the added levies he seeks on fattening drinks, movie tickets,...
  • Why Paterson Can Choose Exactly as He Pleases

    12/19/2008 7:22:51 PM PST · by neverdem · 18 replies · 752+ views
    NY Observer ^ | December 19, 2008 | Steve Kornacki
    That David Paterson would take his time in picking Hillary Clinton’s Senate successor is understandable. It’s a significant decision that will affect the state and country on important policy matters and that will have ramifications for the political pecking order in New York. But from his own political standpoint, there’s really no way for him to get this one wrong. Senate appointments aren’t that uncommon. Since the 17th Amendment, which mandates the popular election of U.S. senators, was enacted in 1913, 140 Senate vacancies have been filled via gubernatorial appointment, a number that will rise by four three once the...
  • New School Pension Fraud Bill Is Signed

    10/15/2008 6:56:10 PM PDT · by neverdem · 7 replies · 362+ views
    NY Times ^ | October 15, 2008 | WINNIE HU
    More than 425 retired educators return to work in New York school districts every year, obtaining waivers from the city and state Education Departments to allow them to collect paychecks and pensions in what critics have called “double-dipping.” A new state law signed by Gov. David A. Paterson on Friday will tighten government oversight over this longstanding practice, which was intended to help school districts cover hard-to-fill positions with experienced educators but has instead allowed some superintendents and principals to receive six-figure salaries on top of six-figure pensions. The new law requires school districts and public agencies to wait a...
  • How A Clinton-Era Rule Rewrite Made Subprime Crisis Inevitable

    09/24/2008 6:36:06 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies · 1,426+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 24, 2008 | TERRY JONES
    One of the most frequently asked questions about the subprime market meltdown and housing crisis is: How did the government get so deeply involved in the housing market?Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, even into the early 1990s, weren't the juggernauts they'd later be. While President Carter in 1977 signed the Community Reinvestment Act, which pushed Fannie and Freddie to aggressively lend to minority communities, it was Clinton who supercharged the process. After entering office in 1993, he extensively rewrote Fannie's and Freddie's rules. In so doing, he turned the two quasi-private, mortgage-funding firms into a semi-nationalized monopoly that dispensed cash...
  • Andrew Cuomo and Fannie and Freddie, How the youngest HUD secretary caused the mortgage crisis

    09/08/2008 7:06:36 AM PDT · by joinedafterattack · 81 replies · 1,727+ views
    The Village Voice ^ | August 05, 2008 | Wayne Barrett
    There are as many starting points for the mortgage meltdown as there are fears about how far it has yet to go, but one decisive point of departure is the final years of the Clinton administration, when a kid from Queens without any real banking or real-estate experience was the only man in Washington with the power to regulate the giants of home finance, the Federal National Mortgage Association (FNMA) and the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (FHLMC), better known as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Andrew Cuomo, the youngest Housing and Urban Development secretary in history, made a series...
  • 12 states sue EPA on refinery carbon emissions

    08/25/2008 11:46:15 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 29 replies · 338+ views
    Reuters ^ | August 25, 2008
    New York and 11 other states are suing federal environmental regulators over greenhouse gas emissions from oil refineries, the New York attorney general's office said on Monday. The suit, led by New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, charges that the Environmental Protection Agency violated the federal Clean Air Act by refusing to issue standards, known as new source performance standards, for controlling global warming pollution emissions from oil refineries. Note: Other states in the suit are California, Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington. New York City and Washington D.C. also joined in...
  • Andrew Cuomo and Fannie and Freddie

    08/18/2008 1:54:16 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 5 replies · 169+ views
    Village Voice ^ | August 5, 2008 | Wayne Barrett
    Andrew Cuomo, the youngest Housing and Urban Development secretary in history, made a series of decisions between 1997 and 2001 that gave birth to the country's current [housing] crisis. He took actions that—in combination with many other factors—helped plunge Fannie and Freddie into the subprime markets without putting in place the means to monitor their increasingly risky investments. He turned the Federal Housing Administration mortgage program into a sweetheart lender with sky-high loan ceilings and no money down, and he legalized what a federal judge has branded "kickbacks" to brokers that have fueled the sale of overpriced and unsupportable loans....
  • Look Who’s Censoring Now - Commendably, Andrew Cuomo is cracking down on child porn.

    06/14/2008 5:44:47 PM PDT · by neverdem · 12 replies · 162+ views
    National Review Online ^ | June 13, 2008 | Mona Charen
    June 13, 2008, 0:00 a.m. Look Who’s Censoring NowCommendably, Andrew Cuomo is cracking down on child porn. By Mona Charen Well, well, well. Look who’s censoring the Internet. It’s Andrew Cuomo, attorney general of the Empire State. On June 11, Cuomo announced an agreement with three of the nation’s largest Internet service providers — Sprint, Time Warner, and Verizon — to block access to child pornography and eliminate such content from their networks wherever possible. Negotiations are ongoing with two other, as yet unnamed, service providers. You might think that these companies would have cracked down on child porn...
  • As Spitzer Prepares to Step Down, His Legal Fate Remains Unknown

    03/13/2008 10:50:30 AM PDT · by george76 · 47 replies · 911+ views
    WSJ ^ | March 13, 2008 | LAURIE P. COHEN, GLENN R. SIMPSON and AMIR EFRATI
    The political future of Eliot Spitzer is decided. But the legal fate of the man who made his reputation as a crime fighter is not. Shortly after Mr. Spitzer's late-morning resignation announcement, Michael Garcia, U.S. Attorney in Manhattan, issued a statement saying "there is no agreement between this Office and Governor Eliot Spitzer, relating to his resignation or any other matter." "He is a far less likely target out of office," ... Mr. Spitzer may be vulnerable to charges that he sought to evade federal banking laws in extracting cash from his bank accounts to pay the Emperors Club... Mr....
  • CUOMO VS. MEDICAID FRAUD

    10/30/2007 9:17:26 PM PDT · by neverdem · 1 replies · 118+ views
    NY Post ^ | October 29, 2007 | NY Post
    State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo seems to be proving the worst fears about Medicaid fraud all-too-true: For prosecutors, it's a target-rich environment. And Cuomo has just started to scratch the surface. His latest announcement came Thursday: Some 18 home-health-care workers and a patient were arrested on charges of defrauding the state through improper billing and no-show jobs. The collars are the result of the AG's broad probe of the home-health-care industry - Operation Home Alone. And such abuse accounts for what, Cuomo says, amounts to tens of millions of dollars in Medicaid fraud. This certainly sounds promising. After all, the...
  • Cigna To Fully Disclose How Doctors Are Ranked On Health (after agreement with Andrew Cuomo)

    10/30/2007 9:02:24 PM PDT · by neverdem · 2 replies · 60+ views
    NY Sun ^ | October 30, 2007 | E.B. SOLOMONT
    Under an agreement with Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, the health insurance company Cigna will redesign its doctor-ranking program to add transparency, accuracy, and oversight to the process. Under the agreement announced yesterday, Cigna will fully disclose to its customers how the rankings are devised. The new process will include detailed descriptions if rankings are at all based on cost, and there will be a process for consumers to register complaints. Cigna will also be required to hire an independent monitor to oversee the process. The monitor will report to Mr. Cuomo's office every six months. The new ranking system will...
  • Fugitive fundraiser captured in Colorado {Hillary's Hsu }

    09/06/2007 9:00:14 PM PDT · by SmithL · 314 replies · 12,126+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 9/6/7 | Jaxon Van Derbeken,John Coté
    SAN FRANCISCO -- Fugitive political fundraiser Norman Hsu, who skipped out on San Mateo County authorities this week rather than face sentencing in a fraud scheme, was apprehended tonight by federal and local lawmen in Grand Junction, Colo. Authorities said Hsu was taken into custody at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction at 7 p.m. local time. He had been on the lam for almost two days after failing to appear in a Redwood City courtroom Wednesday to surrender his passport. Hsu's attorney told state prosecutors that he had been on a charter flight that arrived at Oakland International Airport...
  • NYT: Andrew Cuomo Invested Campaign Money in Supporter's Risky Hedge Funds

    10/08/2006 12:13:16 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 8 replies · 486+ views
    newsbusters.org ^ | October 8, 2006 | Tim Graham
    Posted by Tim Graham on October 8, 2006 - 07:09. The TV networks have enough trouble noticing a single governor's race across the country. But for some reason, the attorney general's race in New York drew attention when Republican candidate Jeanine Pirro drew a federal investigation for wanting to have her cheating husband wire-tapped. (NBC's Today has aired five segments or mentions of Pirro in the last ten days.) Will NBC and others in national TV news report on her opponent, Andrew Cuomo, and his weird habit of investing campaign money in risky hedge funds run by supporters? The New York...
  • When Chris Met Georgie: GMA Interview or DNC Coffee Klatsch?

    07/31/2006 5:15:29 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 13 replies · 557+ views
    by Mark Finkelstein July 31, 2006 - 07:57 There was a feeling of surreality this morning in watching the segment on Good Morning America. There was Chris Cuomo [son of Dem ex-NYS Gov. Mario, brother of Andrew, current Dem candidate for NYS Attorney General] chatting with former Clinton aide George Stephanopoulos. Was this an ABC 'news' interview - or had I mistakenly tuned to a CSPAN broadcast of a DNC coffee klatsch? Cuomo had a fine line to walk. With brother Andy running for office in New York, being too critical of Israel could be impolitic. Chris focused on what...
  • Majority or Minority . . . Democrats Think They Should Rule - (especially when they lose BIG!)

    05/10/2005 3:33:42 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 10 replies · 468+ views
    OPINION EDITORIALS.COM ^ | MAY 3, 2005 | KATE GROGAN
    The openly “underhanded” tactics going on dealing with the nominations of federal judges intentionally being derailed by the Democrats, reveals a lot more than many gullible people are aware of or want to publicly admit. It’s obvious–it’s the “special interest” groups who are holding the feet of the Democrats to the fire–until they stop “conservative” judges from being approved to sit on the benches of state, federal, and national level courts. If you had spent millions of dollars trying to buy the government–wouldn’t you be upset at the prospect of not only losing all that money, but the liberal agenda...
  • Cuomo Threatens Rally At GOP Convention - 50,000 Could Attend Midtown Rally

    04/14/2004 11:59:42 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 37 replies · 135+ views
    Cuomo Threatens Rally At GOP Convention 50,000 Could Attend Midtown Rally Apr 14, 2004 2:36 pm US/Eastern Andrew Cuomo said he will call off a potentially embarrassing demonstration at the Republican National Convention in August only if Gov. George Pataki and Republican leaders reform the state's drug laws first. "If they don't want us to do the rally, they should change the laws, which they promised to do," said Cuomo, the former federal housing secretary and Democratic candidate for governor. Cuomo spokesman Shane Kavanagh said Wednesday that Cuomo and hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons have filed for the permit to hold...
  • BUBBA 'PUSHING HARD' FOR KERRY-CLARK TICKET

    02/15/2004 11:52:42 PM PST · by kattracks · 33 replies · 323+ views
    New York Post ^ | 2/16/04 | FREDRIC U. DICKER
    <p>February 16, 2004 -- FORMER President Bill Clinton, stung by how poor a presidential contender Wesley Clark turned out to be, worked aggressively behind the scenes late last week to pressure John Kerry to pick the retired general as his running mate. "The former president has been calling people, including elected officials in New York, saying that Clark would make a great vice-presidential candidate," a well-known Democratic activist told The Post.</p>
  • CUOMO'S COMMENTS CAUSE A COMMOTION

    10/25/2003 3:37:25 AM PDT · by Liz · 1 replies · 101+ views
    NY POST ^ | October 25, 2003 | LETTERS COLUMN
    <p>THE ISSUE: Andrew Cuomo's stinging criticism of his own Democratic party.</p>
  • GOP HAILS CUOMO'S DEM DISS

    10/25/2003 3:44:53 AM PDT · by kattracks · 1 replies · 119+ views
    New York Post ^ | 10/25/03 | FREDRIC U. DICKER
    <p>October 25, 2003 -- ALBANY - Andrew Cuomo has picked up some strong support for his controversial attack on the Democratic Party, but he's not likely to be pleased by the praise. Gov. Pataki and Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida, two of the nation's leading Republican governors, both welcomed Cuomo's criticism of the Democratic Party during a joint appearance on MSNBC's "Hardball" show with Chris Matthews.</p>
  • ANTI-ANDY BACKLASH

    10/23/2003 5:30:11 AM PDT · by HarleyD · 6 replies · 101+ views
    New York Post ^ | 10/23/2003 | FREDRIC U. DICKER and FRANKIE EDOZIEN
    <p>New York Democrats yesterday angrily rejected Andrew Cuomo's stunning charge that their party has "fumbled" its role in the post-9/11 world and often appears "bloodless, soulless and clueless" to the public. "He's a very creative thinker, but I don't really think the Democratic candidates will be coming to him for guidance," said Rep. Charles Rangel (D-Manhattan).</p>
  • ANTI-ANDY BACKLASH

    10/23/2003 12:51:49 AM PDT · by kattracks · 9 replies · 135+ views
    New York Post ^ | 10/23/03 | FREDRIC U. DICKER and FRANKIE EDOZIEN
    <p>October 23, 2003 -- ALBANY - New York Democrats yesterday angrily rejected Andrew Cuomo's stunning charge that their party has "fumbled" its role in the post-9/11 world and often appears "bloodless, soulless and clueless" to the public. "He's a very creative thinker, but I don't really think the Democratic candidates will be coming to him for guidance," said Rep. Charles Rangel (D-Manhattan).</p>
  • Cuomo Attacks 'Soulless and Clueless' Democrats, Praises Bush

    10/22/2003 9:01:43 AM PDT · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 4 replies · 127+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 10/22/03 | Limbacher
    Democrats are "lost in time," often appear "bloodless, soulless and clueless" and have "fumbled" their role in the post-9/11 world. So says Clintonista Andrew Cuomo. Furthermore, the top New York Democrat lauds President Bush "for recognizing the challenge of 9/11 and rising to it." Yes, it's book promotion time. In "Crossroads: The Future of American Politics," Cuomo, the former federal housing secretary, failed candidate for governor and son of Democrat icon Mario Cuomo, repeatedly lambastes his own party, the New York Post reported today. "Democrats lost elections in 2000 and 2002 because we were lost in time," Cuomo wrote. "We...