5 Reasons Black America Should Be Skeptical Of The Corporate Cuomo Regime In New York

5 Reasons Black America Should Be Skeptical Of The Corporate Cuomo Regime In New York

5 Reasons Black America Should Be Skeptical Of The Corporate Cuomo Regime In New York Photo: New York Gov.e Andrew Cuomo listens to speakers before getting a COVID-19 vaccine at a church in the Harlem section of New York, March 17, 2021. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, Pool)

Allegations of sexual misconduct and a cover-up of covid deaths are piling on New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, but underlying his survival is his corporate regime.

Tagged “the $100 million man,” in 2018, Cuomo had one of the country’s largest campaign war chests, with cash that fueled “a pay-to-play environment where donors got lucrative state contracts,” Democrat and Chronicle reported.

According to a review of records by the USA Today Network’s Albany Bureau, Cuomo’s campaign coffers are filled with donations from companies with business before the state.

Cuomo amassed $100 million in campaign contributions since first running for governor in 2010, and he has served since 2011.

Business wins over taxpayers, Cuomo critics say. Still, according to recent polls, the governor’s support remains strong among the Black electorate with nearly 70 percent of Black voters in a recent Siena College poll saying Cuomo should not immediately resign, the New York Times reported.

Here are five reasons Black America should be skeptical of the corporate Cuomo regime in New York.

1. Sexual harassment claims rise against Cuomo

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Multiple women have accused Cuomo, 63, of sexual harassment or inappropriate behavior, resulting in calls for his resignation. While he has apologized, he said he won’t step down and suggested that those pushing him out are politically motivated and driven by cancel cultureThe New York Times reported.

Cuomo has so far survived while others — especially in corporate America facing similar accusations — did not. “In corporate America, where the Me Too movement has felled executives at hundreds of public companies in recent years, he would be less likely to get the same leeway,” Bloomberg reported.

2. Cuomo leans on Black community

Looking for Black support to help save his image, Cuomo has sought out local Black leaders who fell in place behind him.

At a recent event in Harlem, “one Black minister or political figure after another rose to offer praise for Cuomo, with the leader of the state’s chapter of the N.A.A.C.P., Hazel N. Dukes, even referring to the governor as her son, insisting that ‘he ain’t white,’” The New York Times reported. 

3. Bridgegate and Cuomo coverup

In 2016, Cuomo and then-Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie commiserated on how to handle the fallout from the September 2013 George Washington Bridge lane closures. They agreed to release a report covering up the incident, claiming the lane closures were the result of a traffic study, Politico reported. The George Washington Bridge connects New York and Fort Lee, NJ.

An investigation found that the lanes were closed intentionally to cause the massive traffic problem for political reasons as retribution against Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich, a Democrat, who had not supported Christie as a candidate in the 2013 New Jersey gubernatorial race.

4. Health care cash

In 2018, hospitals, nursing homes, and their lobbyists gave $2.3 million to Cuomo’s political apparatus, Jacobin reported. In April 2020, Cuomo signed legislation shielding hospital and nursing-home executives from lawsuits related to the coronavirus outbreak. It was pay-for-play, critics said.

The immunity provision was signed after the Greater New York Hospital Association delivered $1.25 million to the New York State Democratic Committee supporting Cuomo’s reelection bid. 

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5. Cuomo and the nursing home covid deaths coverup

The governor has been accused of concealing how many nursing home residents died in the pandemic. An aide spoke out and claimed reports had been rewritten to undercount thousands of deathsNYT reported.

Was this a coverup to help nursing homes stay in business and remain friendly to Cuomo’s corporate regime or to make the governor look like he was going a great job protecting New Yorkers during the pandemic? An investigation is underway.