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The state of New York is crumbling under Andrew Cuomo
Gov. Andrew Cuomo     Andrew Cuomo is digging himself a deeper hole by the minute thanks to spectacular arrogance, grand ambitions distracting him from the job he was elected to perform and shoddy management skills as governor of New York. Once considered a viable candidate for the White House in 2016, he's now more likely to spend more time fielding questions from investigators than campaigning in Iowa or New Hampshire in future election cycles.

    The latest Cuomo affront to the citizenry is the "Buffalo Billion," which he sold as a master plan for reviving the Western New York economy but many saw as pandering to a region that he needed to carry overwhelmingly in his first run for re-election to help cteate momentum for a presidential bid. Suspicions simmered in the background and then hit Page 1 in the spring of 2016 once media started connecting Cuomo allies and loyalists to questionable financial practices surround Buffalo Billion project. That's led to growing suspicion that bidding on other major New York projects may not have been on the up-and-up.

    A year earlier, the media disclosed the Cuomo administration's policy of automatically deleting state agency employees' emails after a mere 90 days -- a shameless cover-your-ass policy has been lambasted by legal experts and open-government advocates. Cuomo then rolled out the "New York Hunger Games," which forced regional economic councils across upstate to battle for table scraps that didn't get funneled to Buffalo.

    Other transgressions since taking office have included Cuomo's disregard for the Second Amendment, the "Start-Up New York" program's dismal results in improving the business climate, bypassing the legislative process in his attempted imposition of the $15/hour minimum wage and his diatribe against conservatives in which he all but told them to get out of New York.

    Cynically, Cuomo has repeatedly harped upon the need for ethics reforms in Albany, where elected officials would presumably have to show some degree of ethical behavior before anyone would know where to channel their energy toward reforms.

       
   
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