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Percoco represents what Cuomo’s Albany is all about.

The conviction of Joseph Percoco on bribery and corruption charges should seriously impede — if not spike entirely — Gov. Cuomo’s further political ambitions, statewide and nationally. Percoco has been Cuomo’s closest aide, friend, and political cat’s paw for decades, and was described at Mario Cuomo’s funeral as a member of the family. The jury’s...
Time: 22:09     Date: 13.03.2018
Last US News - Opinion: Percoco represents what Cuomo’s Albany is all about. NY Post 24 - US News

The jury’s guilty verdict on multiple counts of personal enrichment for Percoco — who notoriously called bribes “ziti” in conversations with bagman Todd Howe — belies Cuomo’s claims to running an ethical administration. In his 2014 State of the State address, the governor made inspiring promises about getting corruption out of state government, saying “we understand your concern that there seems to be a pattern of these repeated instances of bad acts. That’s what ethics reform is. That’s why I was arguing for ethics reform last year, and that’s why I’m arguing for ethics reform this year. I propose new anti-bribery and corruption laws . . .”

Three months after uttering these lofty words, Cuomo shut down his own Moreland Commission to Investigate Public Corruption. The commission was set up to wade deep into the Albany swamp and expose it to the disinfectant of public scrutiny. “The people of this state should sleep better tonight knowing that there is a mechanism in place to make sure their government is not only competent, but is also meeting the highest ethical and legal standards,” the governor told the people of New York when he announced the formation of his blue-ribbon anti-corruption panel.

But that was before the Moreland Commission subpoenaed a shady vendor who also worked for Cuomo’s campaign. Once word reached the governor’s office that he might fall under its spotlight, the commission’s work was suspended and its members dismissed. The governor explained his actions in absolutist rhetoric that would have made Louis XIV blush: “It’s my commission. My subpoena power, my Moreland Commission. I can appoint it, I can disband it. I appoint you, I can un-appoint you tomorrow. . . . It’s my commission. I can’t ‘interfere’ with it, because it is mine. It is controlled by me.”

Percoco will go to jail for years, but he is just a symptom of the problem. New York state government rests on a frame of rotting timbers. And like with any great mess, the first thing we have to do is admit that we can’t stand living in it anymore.

Seth Barron is associate editor at City Journal.

Opinion

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Cuomo, de Blasio are high on hypocrisy over marijuana.
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The real key to solving the family separation crisis at the border.
When it comes to the debate in Washington over separating migrant children from adults, both sides are stoking the fire....

Opinion

Last US News - Opinion: Cuomo, de Blasio are high on hypocrisy over marijuana. NY Post 24 - US News
Cuomo, de Blasio are high on hypocrisy over marijuana.
Is that the reek of pot in the air — or hypocrisy? We ask because Gov. Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio are trying to have it...
Last US News - Opinion: Congress missed its chance to start fixing the FBI. NY Post 24 - US News
Congress missed its chance to start fixing the FBI.
Left and right, the politicians who could have asked incisive questions instead made a mess of this week’s congressional...
Last US News - Opinion: Cuomo is putting politics first with parolee-voting scheme. NY Post 24 - US News
Cuomo is putting politics first with parolee-voting scheme.
Gov. Cuomo has ordered state parole officers to give “high priority attention” to registering ex-cons to vote. That should...
Last US News - Opinion: The real key to solving the family separation crisis at the border. NY Post 24 - US News
The real key to solving the family separation crisis at the border.
When it comes to the debate in Washington over separating migrant children from adults, both sides are stoking the fire....
Last US News - Opinion: The takedown of Chris Hardwick shows #MeToo has gone too far. NY Post 24 - US News
The takedown of Chris Hardwick shows #MeToo has gone too far.
Call it The Revenge of #MeToo. It frightens me. People who tuned in Sunday night to AMC were greeted by a terse, one-sentence...

Living

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How to add a Middle Eastern twist to your healthy lunch.
There’s a lot more to Middle Eastern cuisine than what you can buy at sidewalk food trucks or in a tub, says Rawia...
US Living News: Why health nuts are paying $25 for this yogurt. NY Post 24 - US News
Why health nuts are paying $25 for this yogurt.
New Yorkers are accustomed to shelling out in the name of wellness, but an up-and-coming dairy alternative is bringing it...
US Living News: More kids than ever are taking alternative medicines. NY Post 24 - US News
More kids than ever are taking alternative medicines.
Children and teens are turning to alternative medicines in soaring numbers. Children’s use of herbal products and nutritional...
US Living News: Titanic postcard with eerie message written by maid goes up for auction. NY Post 24 - US News
Titanic postcard with eerie message written by maid goes up for auction.
A postcard written by a maid on the Titanic to a friend which said “wish you were here” is expected to fetch more than...
US Living News: This salad helped a ‘Top Chef’ drop 45 pounds. NY Post 24 - US News
This salad helped a ‘Top Chef’ drop 45 pounds.
When Chris Shea found a diet that actually worked, he was excited to share it with the world. So the chef put his secrets...
US Living News: Americans own nearly half the world’s civilian firearms. NY Post 24 - US News
Americans own nearly half the world’s civilian firearms.
UNITED NATIONS — There are over 1 billion firearms in the world today, including 857 million in civilian hands —...
US Living News: Teen hiker ‘lost her footing’ and fell 100 feet to her death. NY Post 24 - US News
Teen hiker ‘lost her footing’ and fell 100 feet to her death.
A 16-year-old girl in Utah died Monday after she fell about 100 feet at a waterfall during a hike with a friend, the Deseret...
US Living News: Instagram models outstay their welcome at hotels in paradise. NY Post 24 - US News
Instagram models outstay their welcome at hotels in paradise.
There might not be a more “Instagrammable” location than the Maldives. The group of coral islands in the Indian Ocean...

Business

Last US Business News: YouTube boss promises to better police offensive content. NY Post 24 - US News
YouTube boss promises to better police offensive content.
CANNES — YouTube boss Susan Wojcicki gave a quick mea culpa to the ad community — again. The chief executive spent a...
Last US Business News: White House downplays China trade tensions as ‘dispute’. NY Post 24 - US News
White House downplays China trade tensions as ‘dispute’.
The Trump administration tried Tuesday to minimize the intensifying trade war between the US and China, calling it a “dispute.”...
Last US Business News: Ex-Fed chief warns of ‘subterfuge’ to protect banks. NY Post 24 - US News
Ex-Fed chief warns of ‘subterfuge’ to protect banks.
One of the primary architects of Obama-era Wall Street regulations warned on Tuesday that the Trump administration is attempting...
Last US Business News: Markets dive in wake of Trump’s latest China tariff threat. NY Post 24 - US News
Markets dive in wake of Trump’s latest China tariff threat.
Global stock markets fell Tuesday after President Donald Trump threatened to put tariffs on another $200 billion in imports...
Last US Business News: CVS to roll out home prescription delivery nationwide. NY Post 24 - US News
CVS to roll out home prescription delivery nationwide.
CVS Health will make prescription deliveries nationwide to accommodate the heightened expectations of convenience from consumers....
Last US Business News: Danny Meyer plans to ban cash at more of his restaurants. NY Post 24 - US News
Danny Meyer plans to ban cash at more of his restaurants.
Danny Meyer plans to ban cash at more of his eateries. The celebrity restaurateur and co-founder of Shake Shack said the...
Last US Business News: Phil Mickelson invests in futuristic frozen yogurt chain. NY Post 24 - US News
Phil Mickelson invests in futuristic frozen yogurt chain.
Pro golfing great Phil Mickelson and his business partner Steve Loy have just inked a deal to open 30 Reis & Irvy’s...
Last US Business News: We can thank Trump’s tax cuts for economic growth this quarter. NY Post 24 - US News
We can thank Trump’s tax cuts for economic growth this quarter.
One thing that the president has going for him is the fact that the US economy seems to have picked up nicely in the second...

Metro

Metro News: State senator: Cuomo’s parole voting plan could put sex offenders near schools. NY Post 24 - US News
State senator: Cuomo’s parole voting plan could put sex offenders near schools.
Gov. Cuomo’s order granting parolees the right to vote has incensed a Republican Long Island state Senator who says the...
Metro News: State lawmakers vote to finally spell Verrazano Bridge correctly. NY Post 24 - US News
State lawmakers vote to finally spell Verrazano Bridge correctly.
ALBANY — The bridge connecting Staten Island and Brooklyn will now be spelled Z right way. The Assembly passed a bill Tuesday...
Metro News: ‘Summer of Hell’ begins early for commuters at Penn Station. NY Post 24 - US News
‘Summer of Hell’ begins early for commuters at Penn Station.
The “Summer of Hell” started before the actual start of summer this year. The Long Island Rail Road concourse...
Metro News: MTA union wants more cameras to protect workers. NY Post 24 - US News
MTA union wants more cameras to protect workers.
Amid a spate of assaults on subway conductors, the MTA’s largest union wants body or cab cameras to protect train crew...
Metro News: Goldman Sachs CEO may run for mayor. NY Post 24 - US News
Goldman Sachs CEO may run for mayor.
You can call him Hizzoner, but you can’t make him run. Lloyd Blankfein said he might want to trade in Goldman Sachs for...
Metro News: NYCHA residents want ‘seat at the table’ over city’s deal with feds. NY Post 24 - US News
NYCHA residents want ‘seat at the table’ over city’s deal with feds.
A group representing New York City’s public-housing residents wants a “seat at the table” while a judge...
Metro News: Cuomo: Over 70 migrant kids held in New York after separation from parents. NY Post 24 - US News
Cuomo: Over 70 migrant kids held in New York after separation from parents.
More than 70 migrant kids who were separated from their parents at the border are being housed in New York state — at facilities...
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Judge rips fake heiress, says she’s too focused on movie deal.
Her story impressed Netflix execs — but not a Manhattan judge. A fake socialite who swindled thousands of dollars from...

Sport

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Russia did not prepare for World Cup fans drinking this much beer.
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An officer in the controversial Sterling Brown arrest spread racist messages on Facebook, according to posts Brown’s...
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