Archive for the ‘NY Politics-SCC’ category

Manhattan’s ‘Soft on Crime’ Woke District Attorney – By George J. Marlin

February 3, 2022

This article I wrote appeared on the web site on Thursday, February 3, 2022.

Will Gov. Hochul survive a Democratic primary in 2022? – By George J. Marlin

November 3, 2021

The following appeared on Monday, November 1, 2021 on The Island Now’s website:

During the past 50 years, four New York lieutenant governors have ascended to the office of governor, three of them via resignations and one through election.

The first was Malcolm Wilson. He was sworn in after Gov. Nelson Rockefeller resigned in 1973. Eminently qualified, the 35-year Albany veteran was highly regarded for his administrative and legislative skills. But as a candidate, he lacked charisma and lost to Hugh Carey in 1974.

Next was Mario Cuomo. As secretary of state in the first Carey administration and as lieutenant governor in the second, the extraordinarily talented Cuomo took on numerous governmental tasks. He was also free to travel the state and built a statewide political organization.

As Cuomo’s public persona grew, he even considered challenging Carey in a primary in 1982. And when Carey chose not to run for a third term, Cuomo went on to beat Mayor Ed Koch in the primary and Lew Lehrman in the general election.

Knowing how he effectively used the office of Lieutenant Governor, Cuomo slashed the staff of Lt. Governor Al DelBello and politically eviscerated him. DelBello resigned out of disgust in December 1984.

Cuomo’s next lieutenant governor, Stan Lundine, spent eight years in obscurity.

After Gov. Eliot Spitzer resigned in disgrace in 2008, David Patterson, known for his social charms but not his governing skills, became the state’s chief executive.

The hapless Patterson muddled through the remainder of the term, as Attorney General Andrew Cuomo plotted to replace him.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo was like his father—a control freak. And like his father, he treated his lieutenant governors like dirt.

His first lieutenant governor, Robert Duffy, was a former Rochester mayor and top cop. After four years of being under Cuomo’s thumb, Duffy declined to run for a second term.

Cuomo chose Kathleen Hochul as his next lieutenant governor for two reasons: she was an upstater and her resume was pretty thin. Hochul’s claim to fame was winning a special congressional election in a traditionally Republican district and for being booted out a year later.

While in public life in the Buffalo region, Hochul was a center-right Democrat. She ran on the Conservative Party line in her race for Erie County clerk, and opposed Gov. Spitzer’s plan to grant undocumented immigrants’ driver licenses.

In Congress, she was for reducing the federal deficit and Medicaid spending, and was proud to be endorsed by the National Rifle Association.

Since becoming governor, however, Hochul has shifted to the far left in policies and appointments.

Also, she has been the anti-Cuomo, showing the door to the former governor’s toadies.

Oddly, one exception was Cuomo’s top Long Island political loyalist, Kevin Law, who Hochul nominated to become chairman of the Empire State Development Corporation.

Law was appointed by Cuomo to serve as co-chairman of the L.I. Regional Development Council, chairman of LIPA, and chairman of the Stony Brook University Council.

To be named to so many posts meant Law did Cuomo’s bidding.

We will soon learn if Law will now do Hochul’s bidding at ESDC, particularly when it comes to doling out hundreds of millions of dollars in ESDC political swag to state legislators.

Placating the radical leftists in her party will probably cost Hochul the governor’s chair next year.


Because no matter how much she gives in to progressive demands, it will never be enough.

In the end, the AOC crowd and the Working Families Party radicals will support one of their own–be it Attorney General Letitia James or Jumaane Williams, who came close to beating Hochul in the 2018 Democratic Primary for lieutenant governor.

By embracing the left, she also risks alienating those who should be her natural constituency, working-class folks in upstate New York and suburbia.

And if Congressman Tom Suozzi enters the gubernatorial primary in 2022, he will peel away from Hochul moderate Democrats on Long Island, Staten Island and upstate.

If Hochul continues down the leftist primrose path, I predict she will be moving out of the governor’s mansion on Dec. 31, 2022, and like Wilson and Patterson, will fade into political oblivion.

Joe DioGuardi not a Rockefeller Republican – By George J. Marlin

October 7, 2010

The following appears in the October 8-14  issue of the Long Island Business News:

Since winning the Republican primary for the special U.S. Senate election, early polls indicate former Hudson Valley Congressman Joe DioGuardi is within striking distance of Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand.

When asked about these startling numbers, the campaign staff of our unelected junior senator released this reply: “We … know that as New Yorkers get to know Congressman Joe DioGuardi, they will see he is way, way, way out of step with even traditional Rockefeller Republicans in New York.”

What a strange comment. First of all, most “traditional Rockefeller Republicans” are dead; the former governor died in 1979. Secondly, Nelson Rockefeller, who served as governor for 14 years (1959-1973), was a liberal who created most of the reckless fiscal gimmicks that have brought New York to the edge of bankruptcy. Third, DioGuardi is a mainstream conservative who has proudly been out of step with Rockefeller Republicans and proudly fought their big spending programs his entire career.

Gillibrand and her staff members are probably too young to remember the financial chaos Rocky wreaked on New York, so here’s a little historical background for them to ponder:

During his tenure as governor, Rockefeller went on the greatest spending spree in the state’s history. He earned the distinction of having requested more tax increases than any governor before or since he left office. No fewer than 18 tax bills were enacted between 1959 and 1973.

To maintain the “pay-as-you-go” front, Rockefeller utilized inaccurate revenue projections, tax deferrals and accelerated payment schedules – all fiscal gimmicks designed to achieve on paper the state constitutional requirements of a balanced budget.

To circumvent the constitutional mandate that general obligation debt be submitted for voter approval, Rocky started using various existing and new state agencies to issue debt to pay for his building schemes.
Rocky would persuade the board of an agency to construct a building that would be leased to the state. The lease payments, which coincidentally covered the principal and interest due on the bonds issued to finance the building, would come out of the state’s general operating budget. Although the state is technically obligated to pay off the agency’s bonds according to the terms of the lease, it is not considered a state general-obligation debt, and therefore – again technically – voter approval is unnecessary. Thus was Rocky able to have his cake and eat it, too.

The fearless Rockefeller began his first term by pushing through legislation called the New York Housing Finance Agency, the first of 230 agencies and authorities he created that incurred debt by 1973 of $12 billion.

When Rockefeller entered office, his first budget was $2 billion; when he left office, his last budget was $8.7 billion. New Yorkers were the most heavily taxed citizens in the nation, and their state had the highest public debt in the nation. Democrat Hugh Carey, analyzing the financial disaster he inherited when he was sworn in as governor in January 1975, concluded: “I’ve seen delicatessens in bankruptcy in better shape than the state of New York.”

Since 1975, Republicans have been exorcising the intellectually bankrupt Rockefeller tradition from the state GOP. For instance, in 1980, Al D’Amato – a Gillibrand mentor – knocked off the most notorious Rocky liberal, Sen. Jacob Javits, and went on to serve 18 years in the senate. In 1984, Conservative Joe DioGuardi proved how the tide had turned when he was elected to the Westchester congressional seat that included the ancestral home of the Rockefellers, Pocantico Hills.

Gillibrand is really out of touch if she believes painting DioGuardi as too fiscally conservative for Rockefeller. The last supporters of big government in this state are Gillibrand and the public employee unions who support her. And if she sticks to that line, expect a surprise Tea Party victory in November.

Mangano must remember those that put him in office – By George J. Marlin

January 18, 2010

This commentary I wrote, Marlin: Mangano must remember those that put him in office, appears on the Long Island Business News web site.

LI’s political winners and losers in 2009 – By George J. Marlin

December 18, 2009

This commentary I wrote, Marlin: LI’s political winners and losers in 2009, appears on the Long Island Business News web site.