Gov. Cuomo remains to be making an attempt to dodge accountability within the wake of the Buffalo Billion scandals with a “reform” that ignores the guts of the issue.
The gov simply created a brand new nonprofit to supervise and finally subsume the 2 SUNY Polytechnic nonprofits that management billions in economic-development money. However his New York Heart for Analysis, Financial Development, Know-how, Engineering and Science, or NY CREATES, nonetheless solutions to nobody however him.
Alain Kaloyeros misplaced his job as president of the SUNY Polytechnic Institute (and as head of the boards of the 2 nonprofits) after the feds charged him in a bid-rigging scheme benefiting a serious Cuomo donor. He goes on trial subsequent month. Related schemes have the gov’s longtime right-hand man, Joe Percoco, headed to the slammer.
The 2 nonprofits handle a bunch of public-private partnerships, together with a few of Cuomo’s troubled Begin-Up NY tasks. What’s gained by placing them underneath one other nonprofit run outdoors of the formal funds course of — and freed from unbiased oversight?
A much better repair is the Procurement Integrity Act, which the state Senate simply handed by a convincing 60-2 vote. It might restore state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli’s authority to pre-screen development tasks at SUNY campuses and associated services, together with its nonprofits.
Cuomo complains that this may one way or the other harm minority-run small companies — a lame declare plainly aimed toward swaying the Meeting to balk on the reform. The true losers can be the politically wired companies that now get the contracts.
All this, when Cuomo’s corruption woes are rising. The feds are reportedly trying into $25.four million in state grants given to a Hudson Valley health-care firm whose executives (plus their spouses and staff) gave $400,000 to Cuomo’s 2014 marketing campaign.
Meeting Speaker Carl Heastie ought to keep away from being Cuomo’s patsy right here: Take part restoring DiNapoli’s oversight powers earlier than the subsequent scandal explodes.