Paladino’s “Issues”

23 Oct

The Paladino campaign has apparently turned its critical eye to the important issues facing New York State and Albany.  Issues like…obscure millionaires you probably never heard of before.


There’s no confirmation that the AG granted Rattner any immunity for testimony or cooperation in connection with the prosecution of former comptroller Alan Hevesi.  The AG sued Pedro Espada on the state’s behalf to recoup millions Espada allegedly took from the taxpayers, which was supposed to go to his Soundview Health centers.  Because the AG’s investigation is ongoing, there has been no decision made on criminal prosecution.

Farkas? The New York Times writes:

But in 1997, he and Mr. Cuomo were more like crown princes of the housing world. Mr. Farkas, the heir to the Alexander’s department store fortune, had spent years amassing apartment portfolios, building Insignia into the nation’s largest owner and manager of multifamily property. Mr. Cuomo had just taken over at HUD, with promises to clean up fraud and waste.

In a campaign with the Justice Department, Mr. Cuomo authorized a lawsuit against A. Bruce Rozet, a notorious HUD landlord, accusing him of taking kickbacks from the management company he had hired to run his buildings. Insignia had taken over that management company, and continued the arrangement, turning over one-third of its HUD fees to Mr. Rozet.

Insignia was not named as a defendant in the lawsuit, but the allegation that it had broken the law by splitting its fees inflamed Mr. Farkas and threatened his company. “The finger was being pointed directly at Farkas, and the charge was led by Cuomo,” said a former Insignia executive. “It couldn’t have gotten more personal.”

Insignia settled in 1998, paying a total of $7.4 million — the government had alleged $7.6 million in kickbacks — and providing evidence against Mr. Rozet. The former executive said Insignia feared that the government could otherwise bar it from handling HUD properties, a crippling blow.

A prosecutor in the case, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said Insignia had received no special treatment; rather, HUD and the Justice Department were less aggressive with Insignia than with Mr. Rozet because Insignia had inherited the fee-splitting arrangement and because of a lack of evidence that it had intended to break the law.

Farkas and Cuomo later reconciled their differences and became friends and business associates. Like they say, Andrew’s prowess is legendary.

But it’s great to see Paladino expanding upon his 8-sentence-long prescription for what ails New York (with a tip of the hat to Tom Ragan from Shredd & Ragan)


5 Responses to “Paladino’s “Issues””

  1. TuWanner Cleveland, LMSW October 23, 2010 at 4:44 pm #


  2. Buffalo Rude October 23, 2010 at 8:04 pm #

    When Tom Ragan can make a coherent argument against WNY’s least favorite horse whisperer, Crazy Carl’s got problems.

    Unfortunately, eight sentences is about all the depth most teabaggers will allow. It keeps the charade of hypocrisy, blatant contradictions and outright falsehoods at bay.

  3. DanB October 23, 2010 at 11:54 pm #

    That bottom video is just a lie.  8 sentences?  That page had links to multiple policy statements.  So all we learn about from that video is the mendacity of the person talking in it.

    And as far as Cuomo’s policy statements go I will give Cuomo credit for realizing one key thing – most people don’t like to read.  In fact, it is obvious that almost no one in the media, the author of this blog, and most Cuomo supporters have never read is “detailed” policy papers.   If they did, they would see how facile and empty they are (but they’d probably still shill for the guy).

    Lets see his policy paper on power had a grand total of two actual proposals:
    1) setting up a committee for siting new transmission lines (wow, why didn’t someone think of that before – a commission will solve everything!)
    2) shutting down Indian Point nuclear power station (this will probably lower New York electric rates as much as daddy Cuomo shuttering Shoreham lowered power rates on Long Island).

    What does he fill up the rest of the 150 pages with?  Well, in part, he spends lots of pages describing what a “smart grid” is and how it works (as if he invented it or something) with nothing about how or if he will bring it to New York.  Kind of nice, and informative, but nothing more than filler in an otherwise empty document.

    Anyways, it will be interesting to see how many future politicians will pick up on Cuomo’s lesson in politics 101 – if you write long “policy papers” you’ll get lots of credit from all the shills and pundits for running an “issue oriented campaign and you don’t have to worry about answering questions on it because no one will actually read it.

    BTW, that little thingy with slumlord Farkas somehow not getting prosecuted and then ending up paying Cuomo millions and becoming his top fundraiser sounds a little fishy to me.

  4. BobbyCat October 24, 2010 at 11:48 am #

    Crazy Carl has been the gift that keeps giving for WNYMedia. But I wonder if it hasn’t reached the saturation point. I think the larger story is where Paladino fits into the larger picture disgruntled and low information Americans sending nutty, incompetent tea party candidates to Washington trying to solve intractable problems with 19th century solutions. I haven’t hear one tea party candidate that makes any sense. God is not going to fix the economy. Praying is not going to find millions of jobs.
    We desperately need the best and the brightest, honest and intelligent leaders. But tea partiers are being led through the nose like a bull with a brass ring by a handful of wealthy industrialists who want to maintain their gravy trains and continue to ship jobs overseas. It’s the rich leading dumb to slaughter – a death spiral for the middle class. Let’s write about that. .

  5. Jay October 24, 2010 at 10:41 pm #

    If you had listened to Susan Arbetter on The Capitol Pressroom on 10-8-10 she interviewed Ken Lovett and Michael Gormley and they spent several minutes outling Steve Rattners association with Alan Hevesi in the pay to play scandal. His name has been mentioned quite often in regards to this scandal.  This is the same Steve Rattner who has been a bg time fund raiser for Hillary Clinton and Obama.  If we have not heard of him it is because the media here imposes a self censorhip on topics that would reflect badly on the leaders it believes are politically correct.  As a fund raiser and friend of many downstate politicians you would have to be quite naive to believe that Cuomo was not under tremendous personal, professional and political pressure to go easy on a man who is worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

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