8:42 am Mar. 26, 2012
"With his failure to open to public scrutiny his years of records and correspondence as state attorney general, our governor invites us to wonder what it is he has to hide," wrote Fred LeBrun in a Times Union column on Saturday entitled "What is it Cuomo is hiding?"
The governor has yet to turn over the bulk of his papers from his years as attorney general to the state archives, as he is required to do by law. This falls well short of the standard for compliance set by Eliot Spitzer, Cuomo's predecessor as A.G.
"By contrast, after Eliot Spitzer became governor, within a few months of taking office, 919 boxes from his years as AG were plopped into the archives, where they are grist for perusal and reflection today," says Le Brun.
As LeBrun notes, the governor doesn't have the best record on transparency. He's continued the Albany tradition of making decisions behind closed doors with the two legislative leaders, and then releasing "compromise" legislation without giving lawmakers time to even to read it before they're required to vote on it.
Cuomo has almost explicitly suggested that his promise to bring greater transparency to governor has taken a backseat to the more pressing need to get things moving faster in Albany: "Government is about action; it's not a debating society," the governor said.
But LeBrun suggests that the decision by Cuomo to claim that attorney-general papers are protected from public scrutiny has more to do with the governor's long-term political ambitions than any desire for legislative action.
"Should Cuomo make a run at the presidency — and I have no doubt he will make every effort to do so — he knows he can expect the national media, political bloggers, political dirty tricksters and others to descend on Albany for whatever scraps they can find," he wrote. "As it should be."
Mitt Romney lost big in Louisiana. [Ian Bishop and Aliyah Shahid]
Particularly among Evangelical Christian voters. [Steve Kornacki]
Obama visited the DMZ and said he wasn't sure who was in charge in North Korea. [Stephen Collinson]
The Supreme Court's hearings on the president's health care law begin, boringly. [Adam Liptak]
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, who's running for mayor, meets with fund-raisers during his work day. "In some cases, thousands of dollars flood into his campaign account within months of the meeting." [Courtney Gross]
De Blasio opposes Park Slope Food Coop's proposed ban on Israeli products. (Reuven Blau)
A source says Scarlett Johansson "will play an active role in a variety of areas” during Scott Stringer's campaign. [Crain's]
Liu understands why it's not unreasonable for others to think he can't run for mayor anymore. [Samatha Gross]
John Liu has rewarded those of his employees who haven't jumped ship with raises. [David Seifman and Carl Campanile]
The Post questions the comptroller's claim that he runs his fund-raising operation like everyone else. [New York Post]
A Democratic state senator told Fred Dicker they don't have their act together. [Fred Dicker]
The State Senate will acquiesce to the governor's, Assembly's, and M.T.A.'s demands to fund its capital program. [Kenneth Lovett]
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman joins the fight, championed by immigrants rights advocates and unions, to improve car-wash working conditions. [Erica Pearson]
Remington Arms Company, which makes guns in Ilion, has sent a letter to Cuomo threatening to relocate if Albany passes Bloomberg's proposal to microstamp bullet casings. The governor says he's undeterred, but the Senate's probably not going to pass the measure anyway. [Kenneth Lovett]
Sheldon Silver is trying to get language in this year's budget that would prevent the disclosure of teacher evaluations. [Yoav Gonen and Carl Campanile]
Cuomo would like to rely more on public-private partnerships to fund infrastructure improvements, but the Post points out that's easier said than done. [Josh Kosman]
In his weekly radio address, Bloomberg says, "more than any city on earth, we are doing a better job at attracting businesses, capital, talent and tourists, all while providing our citizens with a high quality of life. But we’re not about to rest on our laurels." [Michael Bloomberg]
Since Genting opened a casino at Aqueduct, the number of racehorse deaths there has increased sharply. [Walt Bogdanich, Joe Drape, Dara Miles and Griffin Palmer]
Port Authority retirees get their free-toll perks back. [AP]
There were 147 straphanger subway injuries in 2011 compared to the 128 the year before. The Daily News says that's statistically significant. [Pete Donahue and Douglas Feiden]
Chuck Schumer and Connecticut senator Richard Blumenthal don't want job applicants to have to turn over Facebook passwords to potential employers, which apparently happens sometimes. [Michelle Meyers]
More evidence that the NYPD is fudging crime stats. [Rocco Parascandola]
Queens Republicans choose Councilman Dan Halloran to run against Grace Meng for Congress.
Yet another tale of mismanagement at a hospital in Brooklyn. [Anemona Hartocollis]
There were more Occupy protests, and arrests, this weekend. [Reuters]
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