Andrew Cuomo’s long record of failing New York

Gov. Andrew Cuomo all the time painted himself as New York’s rock — the one man who might maintain the state collectively, the person holding off the lunacy of the far left, the chief who obtained us by way of the depths of COVID. It was largely bunk.

Yes, Cuomo in his first two years put New York on a steadier monetary footing, primarily by junking the insane spending plans set out by his predecessors and instituting a cap on property-tax progress in most of the state. And he stepped on Mayor Bill de Blasio’s efforts to kneecap town’s constitution faculties and to slap millionaires with one more tax.

Yet ever since, he’s solely led the retreat in opposition to the left. By his third time period, the radicals had gained an utter rout, as he signed on to criminal-justice “reforms” that fueled a monstrous rise in violent crime. New Yorkers at the moment are paying the value with their lives.

He additionally jettisoned accountable budgeting, letting general outlays develop 55 p.c since taking workplace (greater than twice inflation). Yes, some of that got here from Washington (particularly in the course of the pandemic), however this yr he let state-funded spending develop practically 8 p.c, socking taxpayers with $4 billion in new taxes, regardless of a $12.5 billion federal handout.

That ludicrous tax hike alone will speed up New Yorkers’ already alarming rush to different states for years.

Along the best way, he additionally supercharged his fundraising, partially by merchandizing state spending to profit donors: He shelled out greater than $1 billion on his disastrous SolarCity plant, now owned by Tesla (a k a the Buffalo Billion) — and extra nonetheless on different AndyLand fiascos (e.g., his failed plan for moviemaking in Syracuse) — paving the best way for corruption and different assorted debacles: A quantity of his allies concerned in these schemes, together with high aide Joe Percoco, wound up convicted of federal crimes.

When a corruption-fighting panel, the Moreland Commission, threatened to probe him, he closed it down.

A car driven by Andrew Cuomo is seen leaving a parking garage after he resigned as governor on Tuesday.
A automobile pushed by Andrew Cuomo is seen leaving a parking storage after he resigned as governor on Tuesday.

His assaults on de Blasio got here on the metropolis’s expense. His suck-up to unions — pushing by way of a $15 statewide minimal wage, for instance — hit companies and (entry-level) staff arduous.

His fracking ban disadvantaged bizarre New Yorkers, particularly these within the Southern Tier, of an enormous financial hope.

He additionally managed to bungle the Amazon deal, one other catalyst for jobs and enterprise.

As for COVID: Yes, many discovered his press conferences reassuring. But his precise management — his pointless feuding with de Blasio, lethal kowtowing to hospital lobbyists along with his nursing-home order, wildly irresponsible sowing of doubt in regards to the vaccines to attain factors with Trump-haters — made every thing worse.

No one will ever know precisely what number of seniors died due to his order for nursing properties to simply accept COVID-infected sufferers, however some estimates put the determine at greater than 1,000. Compounding that horror was his coverup of the numbers, a key half of the Legislature’s impeachment probe.

And all in the course of the COVID nightmare, he really had the cojones to jot down a e-book on “leadership,” incomes him a candy $5.1 million. Where’d he discover the time? He used employees assist, a transparent theft of state sources — and one other half of the impeachment probe.

All the whereas, he was out threatening to destroy these, like Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Queens), who opposed him — simply as he had his workforce assault the ladies whose accusations have now introduced him down.

It was these devastating sexual-harassment prices, confirmed by state Attorney General Letitia James last week, that broke the camel’s again. He nonetheless denies nearly all of the allegations of inappropriate conduct, blaming them in his resignation speech on “a flawed political process” (his routine cop-out). But they’re simply too quite a few and outrageous — touching an aide’s breast and grabbing her behind! — to dismiss.

Cuomo’s denials are comprehensible: He’s going through legal prices — and should additionally face his daughters and his mother. But given the hurt he’s carried out not simply to those ladies however to the state throughout his 11 years in workplace, his resignation marks an enormous win for New York.

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