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Corrupt Andrew Cuomo Sues New York Ethics Committee to Stop Them From Seizing Over $5 Million in Ill-Gotten Gains

100% Fed Up
Apr 2, 2022

Cuomo’s Covid Era-Memoir Allegedly Used State Resources for Production and Promotion

New York’s disgraced Former Governor filed a lawsuit Friday in order to stop the New York Ethics Committee from seizing over $5 million in profits from his Covid-Era memoir, which allegedly used state resources for its production and promotion. These ill gotten gains are only the latest in a line of scandals which the corrupt former governor has been caught up in.

From the Daily Mail:

In the lawsuit, filed in state Supreme Court in Albany, Cuomo accused the Joint Commission on Public Ethics, JCOPE, of violating his constitutional rights and showing ‘extraordinary bias against him.’

In December, JCOPE ordered Cuomo to turn over money from his book ‘American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic.’

Cuomo’s camp decried the order and promised a legal fight.

Cuomo’s memoir became the subject of an investigation from the New York attorney general’s office and JCOPE last year over claims he’d used state resources to write it.

While the state of New York works to claim the $5 million manuscript of his memoir, Cuomo has sued them in what is sure to become a tooth and nail legal battle to preserve his ill gotten gains.

Cuomo’s COVID-19 Memoir

On top of allegedly siphoning state money to fund a profitable vanity project, in the recent past he has also been accused of sexually harassing multiple women, and his COVID-19 policies led to the deaths of numerous elderly people in New York nursing homes.

Cuomo’s corruption and penchant for lawsuits are shared by his brother, former CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, who is seeking $125 million from CNN as well.

Sex Cult Prostitution Client List Accidentally Leaks; Includes Hedge Fund Manager, Judge, NYC Elites

An ongoing trial of the Sarah Lawrence sex cult leader has just shone a blinding spotlight on a host of New York city elites who reportedly were “clients” of Claudia Drury, the student prostitute involved in the case.

Drury has been testifying against the alleged cult leader, Larry Ray during his ongoing trial. The information came to light after the Department of Justice accidentally published the list of 121 names, which was captured and then pored through by the Daily Mail.

“A top executive at The Gap clothing firm and her husband was one of two married couples included. A former New York State Supreme Court judge is also named,” the Daily Mail wrote on Tuesday. The list also included a painter with studios in the East Village and Manhattan, as well as a “famous” architect and “an investment executive who was also in pedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s infamous little black book of contacts”.

The Daily Mail continued that the list included “a hedge fund manager who has donated millions to charity and has his name on a museum building in New York, a Washington DC, lobbyist who has worked for a foreign resistance movement and an international diamond dealer.”

An MTA executive and an executive at Amazon were also included.

The list was said to be originally compiled by Drury and was in a “sealed” document that was accidentally posted online. The DOJ then reportedly “scrambled” to try and remove the information from the web.

Shortly thereafter, a spokesman for the Department of Justice wrote: “Per order of the Court, government exhibit #3217 (GX 3217) was admitted under seal, a spokesman for the Department of Justice wrote in an email soon after the document was taken offline. This file was inadvertently loaded to the U.S. v. Ray file share. Please do not reproduce, share, or use this exhibit in any way, if you have downloaded this file, please delete it.”

“This is not an exhaustive list but it includes all my main clients/regulars and many others,” Drury wrote.

Ray was released from a New Jersey prison in 2010 before moving into his daughter’s dorm at Sarah Lawrence college. He allegedly ran a sex cult for nearly ten years which he disguised as “therapy sessions”, the Daily Beast reported this month.

Ray has pleaded not guilty to sex trafficking, extortion, and racketeering conspiracy.

Republished from ZeroHedge.com with permission

Manhattan’s Soros-Funded DA Lays Foundation For Next Crime Wave; Instructs DAs To Drop Prison Sentences

Manhattan’s newly elected DA, Alvin Bragg, has ordered prosecutors to stop seeking prison sentences for most offenses and to downgrade felony charges in cases that include armed robberies and drug dealing, according to the New York Post.

Manhattan district attorney Alvin Bragg (REUTERS/Mike Segar)

In his first memo to staff on Monday, Alvin Bragg said his office “will not seek a carceral sentence” except with homicides and a handful of other cases, including domestic violence felonies, some sex crimes and public corruption. -NY Post

“This rule may be excepted only in extraordinary circumstances based on a holistic analysis of the facts, criminal history, victim’s input (particularly in cases of violence or trauma), and any other information available,” reads Bragg’s memo.

According to Bragg, whose campaign was funded in part with a $1 million donation from billionaire George Soros, also told assistant DAs that they must now keep in mind the “impacts of incarceration,” including whether it actually increases public safety (ZH: to keep violent criminals physically separated from the public? Uh, yeah…)

When prosecutors want to put a convict behind bars, they can’t ask for more than 20 years for a ‘determinate’ sentence – i.e. one which can’t be reviewed or changed by a parole board, according to the report. 

What’s more, “The Office shall not seek a sentence of life without parole,” which according to state law is a punishment reserved for the worst offenders; murderers, terrorists, serial killers, cop killers, and people who kill children under the age of 14 during sex crimes or torture.

More via the Post:

Bragg’s memo also detailed the following instructions for prosecutors to reduce charges filed by cops in various cases:

  • Armed robbers who use guns or other deadly weapons to stick up stores and other businesses will be prosecuted only for petty larceny, a misdemeanor, provided no victims were seriously injured and there’s no “genuine risk of physical harm” to anyone. Armed robbery, a class B felony, would typically be punishable by a maximum of 25 years in prison, while petty larceny subjects offenders to up to 364 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.
  • Convicted criminals caught with weapons other than guns will have those felony charges downgraded to misdemeanors unless they’re also charged with more serious offenses. Criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree, a class D felony, is punishable by up to 7 years behind bars.
  • Burglars who steal from residential storage areas, parts of homes that aren’t “accessible to a living area” and businesses located in mixed-use buildings will be prosecuted for a low-level class D felony that only covers break-ins instead of for more serious crimes. Those more serious crimes, class B and class C felonies, would be punishable by up to 25 and up to 15 years in prison respectively. 
  • Drug dealers believed to be “acting as a low-level agent of a seller” will be prosecuted only for misdemeanor possession. Also, suspected dealers will only be prosecuted on felony charges if they’re also accused of more serious crimes or are actually caught in the act of selling drugs. That felony would mean facing up to seven years behind bars.

According to Bragg’s memo, “ADAs should use their judgment and experience to evaluate the person arrested, and identify people: who suffer from mental illness; who are unhoused; who commit crimes of poverty; or who suffer from substance use disorders,” while “Charges should be brought consistent with the goal of providing services to such individuals, and leverage during plea negotiations should not be a factor in this decision.”

Bragg claims the changes will “not only will, in and of themselves, make us safer; they also will free up prosecutorial resources to focus on violent crime.”

What’s more, “new initiatives and policies on guns, sex crimes, hate crimes, and other matters will be announced in the coming weeks.”

The head of the NYPD Detectives’ Endowment Association, Paul GiGiacomo, came out swinging against Bragg’s memo.

“Bragg gives criminals the roadmap to freedom from prosecution and control of our streets,” he said, adding “In Bragg’s Manhattan, you can resist arrest, deal drugs, obstruct arrests, and even carry a gun and get away with it.

Meanwhile, the head of the NYPD’s largest union expressed “serious concerns about the message these types of policies send to both police officers and criminals on the street.”

“Police officers don’t want to be sent out to enforce laws that the district attorneys won’t prosecute,” said Police Benevolent Association president Patrick Lynch. “And there are already too many people who believe that they can commit crimes, resist arrest, interfere with police officers and face zero consequences.

Political Accountability: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is Put on Blast

(Ryan DeLarme) New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in the Hot Seat, though many are oblivious to this news without the full force of the corporate media machine biasedly reporting on every move he makes. Must have something to do with the “D” next to his name…

Related N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo Accused of Sexual Harassment by Second Former Aide, 25, Who Says He Asked If She Ever had Sex With an Older Man

by Ryan DeLarme, February 28th, 2021

Cuomo was recently accused by a former female employee of sexual harassment, you can read her story in her own words HERE. Now we see another former employee has come forward accusing him of the same behavior.

Charlotte Bennett, 25, told the Times that Cuomo started asking personal questions of a sexual nature last May after previously acting as a mentor. Bennet now says she believes Cuomo was grooming her by taking an interest in her life. Cuomo of course denies harassing Bennett and Bennett DOES say that Cuomo never tried to touch or kiss her. However, Bennett says he asked her when she last hugged someone, if she was monogamous, whether she was sleeping with any of Cuomo’s staffers, and whether she had ever had sex with an older man while telling her he was open to dating women in their twenties. Bennett also said Cuomo focused on her being a rape survivor.

Bennett spoke to the Times after a reporter spotted her tweet commenting on the first former Cuomo staffer to accuse him of sexual harassment, Lindsey Boylan, who accused Cuomo of several instances of harassment and of kissing her, “For those wondering what it’s like to work for the Cuomo admin, read @LindseyBoylan’s story.”https://platform.twitter.com/embed/Tweet.html?creatorScreenName=sitsshow&dnt=true&embedId=twitter-widget-0&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1364613777023451136&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fstillnessinthestorm.com%2F2021%2F02%2Fpolitical-accountability-new-york-governor-andrew-cuomo-is-put-on-blast%2F&siteScreenName=sitsshow&theme=light&widgetsVersion=889aa01%3A1612811843556&width=500px

Rocked by the second aide’s allegations, the embattled Andrew Cuomo has asked an ex-federal judge to investigate whether he sexually harassed subordinates, rejecting the wishes of prominent Democrats who believed State Attorney General Letitia James should lead the probe.

Cuomo late Saturday named former U.S. District Judge Barbara Jones, a former law partner of one of the governor’s closest advisers, to review his conduct after Charlotte Bennett became the second former Cuomo aide in a week to allege she was sexually harassed by the governor.

The Biden White House weighed in on Sunday, calling for an independent review, which essentially is supporting Cuomo’s desire to keep this in-house.

“There should be an independent review looking into these allegations, and that’s certainly something he supports and we believe should move forward as quickly as possible,” Press Secretary Jen Psaki told CNN’s State of the Union.

But prominent Democrats, including state Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and U.S. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, had urged Cuomo to follow the state’s tradition and refer the probe to James.

“As has become standard practice in the State of New York when allegations relate directly to the Executive, Governor Cuomo should refer the matter to the Attorney General, who should, in turn, appoint an independent investigator,” Nadler said.

Even New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio has called for a probe into the allegations.

Cuomo, who’s also facing the scandal over COVID-19 nursing home deaths, urged New Yorkers to be patient for Judge Jones’ review to be finished.

New Yorkers Paint Massive ‘F*** Cuomo And De Blasio’ Mural On Street: Report

Ryan Saavedra
Sep 21, 2020

New Yorkers reportedly painted a massive mural on a street in Brooklyn on Saturday to voice their displeasure with top Democrat leaders in the state.

The mural specifically targeted New York Democrat Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City Democrat Mayor Bill de Blasio with the following message: “F*** Cuomo And De Blasio.”

“The not-so-subtle shout-out to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio went up around 1 a.m. Saturday on North 15th Street between Wythe Avenue and Banker Street in Williamsburg, during the waning hours of an annual block party which this year doubled as a ‘small business owner protest,’” the New York Post reported. “The all-caps, block-length message was in the style of city-sanctioned projects reading ‘Black Lives Matter’ that sprang up during the summer’s fierce protests over police bias and racial injustice — including one outside Manhattan’s Trump Tower, which has become a vandalism magnet.”

“A few partygoers got the idea to paint in huge [letters, using] yellow paint with rollers on North 15th, ‘F–k Cuomo and de Blasio,’” a person told the New York Post. “The party continued. Everyone took photos. It was a big hit. The crowds cheered, even the cops chuckled.”

The news comes as the Department of Justice designated New York City as an “anarchist jurisdiction” on Monday for allowing violent riots while trying to defund law enforcement.

The DOJ released the following criteria for evaluating whether a U.S. city is an “anarchist jurisdiction”:

  • Whether a jurisdiction forbids the police force from intervening to restore order amid widespread or sustained violence or destruction.
  • Whether a jurisdiction has withdrawn law enforcement protection from a geographical area or structure that law enforcement officers are lawfully entitled to access but have been officially prevented from accessing or permitted to access only in exceptional circumstances, except when law enforcement officers are briefly withheld as a tactical decision intended to resolve safely and expeditiously a specific and ongoing unlawful incident posing an imminent threat to the safety of individuals or law enforcement officers.
  • Whether a jurisdiction disempowers or defunds police departments.
  • Whether a jurisdiction unreasonably refuses to accept offers of law enforcement assistance from the Federal Government.
  • Any other related factors the Attorney General deems appropriate.

The department gave the following summary about New York City:

  • Shootings in New York City have been on the rise since looting and protests began on or about May 28, 2020.  For July 2020, shootings increased from 88 to 244, an increase of 177% over July 2019.  In August 2020, shootings increased from 91 to 242, a 166% increase over August 2019.
  • While the city faced increased unrest, gun violence, and property damage, the New York City Council cut $1 billion from NYPD’s FY21 budget.
  • The budget resulted in the cancellation of the new police recruiting class, cuts to overtime spending, and the transfer of certain police functions, including school safety, out of the NYPD.
  • Meanwhile, the Manhattan and Brooklyn District Attorneys have declined to prosecute charges of disorderly conduct and unlawful assembly arising from the protests, and the District Attorneys in Queens and the Bronx have declined to prosecute other protest-related charges.
  • Both Mayor de Blasio and Governor Cuomo have forcefully rejected federal law enforcement support.

This report has been updated to include additional information.

Americans Continue to Flee States With Higher Taxes

EMEL AKAN 
August 23, 2020

WASHINGTON—States with the highest tax burdens, such as New York, Illinois, and California, continue to lose residents this year as tax rates have a significant effect on the growth and prosperity of the states, economists say.

“The evidence is clear that competitive tax rates, thoughtful regulations, and responsible spending lead to more opportunities for all Americans,” according to the “Rich States, Poor States” report by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a conservative nonprofit organization.

The annual report ranks states based on their competitiveness and economic outlook by examining the policy choices made by the states and their impact.

In 2019, Utah ranked No. 1 for economic outlook, followed by Wyoming, Idaho, Indiana, and North Carolina; the state has earned the top ranking for 13 consecutive years.

According to Jonathan Williams, ALEC’s chief economist, Utah has implemented many reforms “that have been ahead of the curve.”

Utah’s lawmakers saw the unfunded liability problem in the state pension system and took bold actions to fix it after the financial crisis of 2008. The state also revised its property tax system.

“It’s not just a theory. This is really playing out in practice. And we see Americans continue to move into Utah. And Utah is just booming right now,” Williams told the show “NTD Business.”

“We continue to see this phenomenon where Americans vote with their feet. And they’re voting very strongly away from states with high tax burdens and less economic opportunities,” he said.

The states that gained the most in population over the past decade were Texas (more than 1.2 million, 15th on the economic outlook list) and Florida (more than 1.1 million, 7th on the list).

According to Williams, these states provide a pro-business environment, better tax policy, and more economic competition.

The bottom five states on the economic outlook ranking were New York, Vermont, New Jersey, Illinois, and California.

“When you look at the bottom states again, you see those states that have the highest tax rates, and they’re not phasing out, either,” economist Arthur Laffer, who co-authored the report, said on Aug. 11 during a webinar hosted by ALEC.

Both California and New York, for example, have proposals for large tax increases, he noted.

New York is “a treasure for America,” but “even treasures can have their gooses cooked over taxes, and I think that’s what you’re really seeing here,” Laffer said.

New York maintains the second-highest top marginal personal income tax rate and the highest top marginal corporate income tax rate, according to the report. The state lost more than 1.3 million residents between 2009 and 2018 to more economically competitive states.

The report also shows that big reforms have significantly helped states such as Wyoming, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Delaware, and Montana. These states improved their national rankings in 2019 by keeping their spending in check, which allowed them to reduce tax burdens, Williams said.

“You’re seeing just a migration of people out of these high tax states,” Stephen Moore, economist and a co-author of the ALEC report, said during the webinar.

“And it’s really putting stress on the budgets of these states like New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Rhode Island. These states are being kind of bled to death, year after year,” he said.

According to Moore, despite the pandemic, several states, including Utah, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Iowa, have already balanced their budgets this year without massive income taxes.

The report illustrates each states’ competitiveness and economic outlook using 15 equally weighted policy variables, including tax rates, regulations, spending, and right-to-work labor policy. It also examines trends from past decades as well as policy choices made in 2019.

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$21 Million NYC Field Hospital Closes After Never Seeing a Single Patient

HANNAH BLEAU
23 May 2020

A Brooklyn field hospital closed without seeing any patients, city officials confirmed this week.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) announced the construction of the multimillion-dollar field hospital at the end of March — the day after the USNS Comfort docked at Manhattan’s Pier 90.

“They are going to set it up rapidly and we’re then going to go to the next site, the next site, the next site to meet our goal,” de Blasio said, detailing the 670-bed plus site at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal in Red Hook. He also announced another overflow facility at the Billie Jean King Tennis Center in Flushing. That 350-bed facility only saw 79 patients, according to THE CITY. However, the Red Hook facility never saw a single patient, and both locations ended up costing over $40 million combined.

THE CITY reported:

Earlier this month, the makeshift hospital at the tennis center closed after taking in 79 patients, according to City Hall officials. It cost $19.8 million to construct and revert back, the officials said.

The lower-profile Red Hook terminal hospital was slated to open in mid-April but wasn’t ready for service until May 4. By then, citywide hospital utilization had already fallen by half its April 12 highpoint, to about 6,000 patients.

City officials say the $20.8 million site, constructed by Texas-based contractor SLSCO under a no-bid emergency contract, is now being demobilized after seeing no medical activity.

Similarly, the USNS Comfort, which was originally slated to take pressure off New York hospitals by taking non-coronavirus patients, departed after seeing just 182 patients over its month-long stay. Even though ship agreed to designate 500 of its 1,000 beds for coronavirus patients, it never came close to reaching capacity.

The 1,000 bed USNS Mercy, which docked at Los Angeles Harbor March 27, departed May 15 after treating just 77 patients. It came prepared with 800 crew members “12 fully-equipped operating rooms, laboratories, a pharmacy, [and] radiological equipment … becoming the largest hospital in the city,” KTLA reported.

Similar occurrences have been reported in other areas of the country, as many of the doomsday scenarios touted by experts never came to fruition.

As Breitbart News reported:

Other areas of the country are telling similar stories — preparing for a surge that never came.

A 250-bed field hospital set up by the Army in Seattle’s CenturyLink Field Event Center, for example, shut down in April after just three days. It never saw a single patient. Gov. Jay Inslee (D) said they requested the hospital “before our physical distancing strategies were fully implemented and we had considerable concerns that our hospitals would be overloaded with Covid-19 cases.”

The McCormick Place field hospital in Chicago, Illinois, is also gradually reducing its presence, taking down half of its 1,000 hospital beds as medical centers in the region did not reach capacity.

“As part of our hospital surge, we expanded capacity at a breakneck speed, ensuring our hospital infrastructure would be prepared to handle the very worst. We did so only with a single-minded focus: saving lives,”  City Hall spokesperson Avery Cohen said, according to THE CITY.

“Over the past few months, social distancing, face coverings, and other precautionary measures have flattened the curve drastically, and we remain squarely focused on taking that progress even further,” Cohen added.

The news comes as the country slowly begins to reopen, state by state, following the peak of the Chinese coronavirus. It virtually halted the U.S. economy, resulting in 38.6 million of Americans reporting jobless claims in the last nine weeks.

Hypocrisy: After Letting Rioters Loot New York City, Gov. Cuomo Threatens Hipster Street Party Over Coronavirus

Kristinn Taylor
June 13th, 2020

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) on Saturday threatened hipsters in New York City’s St. Mark’s Place in the East Village for having a street party with few people wearing coronavirus masks or engaging in social distancing. Video of the relaxed street party was posted online Friday and shows hundreds of people casually hanging out on a warm June evening, not blocking traffic and not looting stores. Several stores however are seen boarded up from the rioting allowed days earlier by Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Video of the street party was posted to Twitter by the East Village Grieve blog:

Tough guy Cuomo tweeted in response, “Don’t make me come down there…”

Earlier Friday Cuomo signed a police reform bill attended by MSNBC host Rev. Al Sharpton and other black leaders. Photos from the event show Cuomo, Sharpton and the other leaders not wearing masks as the leaders gathered around Cuomo closer than the six foot social distancing rule requirement.

“Governor Andrew Cuomo was joined today by Valerie Bell (Mother of Sean Bell); Hazel Dukes, Former President of the NAACP; Speaker of the NY Assembly, Carl Heastie; and the Rev. Al Sharpton. Cuomo signed new police reform bills into Law.”

Two people on the far left of this photo are seen wearing masks.

Fox News Channel’s Janice Dean, who lost her both her in-laws to Cuomo’s deadly coronavirus nursing home malfeasance, called out the hypocritical governor.

The NRSC’s Matt Whitlock asked Cuomo what he would do to the St. Mark’s Place partiers, “What are you going to do, throw them in nursing homes?”

Writer Ryan Girdusky observed, “Funny… I don’t remember you being such a tough guy to all the rioters and looters”

About The Author

Kristinn Taylor

Kristinn Taylor has contributed to The Gateway Pundit for over ten years. Mr. Taylor previously wrote for Breitbart, worked for Judicial Watch and was co-leader of the D.C. Chapter of FreeRepublic.com. Mr. Taylor studied journalism in high school, visited the Newseum and once met David Brinkley. Mr. Taylor is on Twitter.