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Democratic lawmakers need to start reining in Gov. Cuomo



Democratic lawmakers need to start reining in Gov. Cuomo

Governor Cuomo’s still-exploding nursing-home scandal has finally galvanized Democratic legislators to challenge his authority.

It’s one logical response to an avalanche of ugly news: Attorney General Letitia James’ scathing report on the undercount of nursing-home and long-care facility deaths, the even-more-damning Empire Center analysis that shows the March 25 did indeed lead to hundreds more deaths, top Cuomo aide Melissa DeRosa’s admission that the coverup was completely intentional, plus Cuomo’s unhinged attack on Queens Assemblyman Ron Kim and his pathtetic “I will fight the liars” press conference Friday.

Republican leaders in both the Assembly and state Senate have called out Cuomo for months over the COVID-19-related nursing-home deaths and his arbitrary, jobs-killing lockdowns. Now Democrats are on board. Last week, a Democratic Gang of 14 senators co-signed a letter demanding the revocation of Cuomo’s emergency powers while Senate GOP Leader Rob Ortt called for a special session to immediately strip the gov of that near-total authority.

Nine Assembly Democrats have joined embattled Assemblyman Kim in seeking to revoke Cuomo’s emergency powers, now set to expire April 30. Like Kim, they believe that Cuomo abused that authority with his arbitrary mandates and restrictions on social gatherings as well as obscuring the true death toll in the state’s care homes.

Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-Westchester) is trying to split the difference. She’s poised to pass legislation creating a bipartisan commission to review Gov. Cuomo’s emergency directives — not take away his ability to issue them.

It’s not a rebuke of the gov’s handling of the pandemic, she says: “I consider it a reality of where we are now. We are not trying to slow anything down. We want to get the information before you do it.” Don’t be surprised if any commission takes until April 30 to report back.

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (D-Bx) is even worse, we hear: He’s apparently set to protect Cuomo, and even likely to go along with the governor’s request to extend his emergency powers well past April 30.

It has been nearly a year since the Legislature abdicated its role as a co-equal branch of government as the pandemic began to hit. Lawmakers were likely relieved that he’d shoulder the blame alone if anything went wrong.

Now the deaths of thousands of their constituents’ elderly loved ones has shaken at least some of them from their slumber, but going down the road towards impeachment (as Assembly Republicans want) is a bridge too far for most Democrats, at least for now.

Complicating matters, the loudest Democratic voices slamming Cuomo tend to be the hard-left progressives, who’ve long resented his refusal to go along with their most extreme demands. But a decade of this governor’s high-handedness — including what many see as his double-dealing when it comes to legislative pay hikes —has left many others privately seething, as well.

It’s all well and good that lawmakers are pushing new measures to tighten rules for the homes, and calling for hearings on Team Cuomo’s handling of them. But that’s not enough.

While it is too late for those who were lost, nixing those emergency powers would show some spine, and provide a measure of solace for the still-grieving families.

And legislators with any conscience absolutely must revolt if their leaders try to go along with any extension of those powers — holding up the budget if he tries to sneak it through in some midnight move.

Only utter cowards would leave getting at the truth to the FBI and the US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, which have reportedly opened probes into Team Cuomo’s handling of nursing homes amid the pandemic.

Rank-and-file legislators need to show they’re willing to actually do their jobs, even if their leaders want to keep playing footsie with a governor who has blood on his hands.

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Biden’s getting exactly the border crisis he asked for




Biden's getting exactly the border crisis he asked for

A new year, a new president, a return of an old problem: unaccompanied children crossing the border in droves.

Thousands of children — usually older teens, 16 or 17, but Border Patrol agents report increasing numbers of kids younger than 13 — are arriving each month from Central America.

On Thursday, a Customs and Border Protection staffer reportedly told top Biden administration officials to expect a peak of 13,000 unaccompanied minors to cross the border in May — the highest level ever.

“We’re seeing the highest February numbers [that] we’ve ever seen in the history of the [Unaccompanied Alien Child] program,” a Department of Health and Human Services official told Axios.

That’s right: a crisis worse than the one that brought the “kids in cages” backlash under President Donald Trump, and the earlier crises that prompted the building of those “cages” under President Barack Obama.

And it’s a crisis that we and others warned would come, as soon as President Biden started reversing every Trump border policy, even those clearly responsible for producing historic lows in illegal crossers, and returning to Obama policies that first triggered the unprecedented waves of children crossing without family.

Now Biden’s having to reopen shelters to house the kids until the feds can figure out what to do with them — shelters that his usual allies denounced as horrors in the Trump years. Yet, says White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, “There are very few good options here, and we chose the one we thought is best.”

That’s only because her boss already rejected the option of trying to ensure they don’t come here in the first place.

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Letters to the Editor — Feb. 27, 2021




Letters to the Editor — Feb. 27, 2021

The Issue: The parole of a man convicted of killing NYPD Officer Harry Ryman in 1980.

The parole of cop-killer Paul Ford is yet another sign that Gov. Cuomo has absolutely no regard for victims’ families (“Slain-cop kin aghast at murderer’s parole,” Feb. 21).

Cuomo has no interest in protecting the residents of New York, as his criminal-justice reforms and handpicked Parole Board members are causing violent criminals to be released onto our streets.

It is time for all New Yorkers to wake up and protect themselves by pushing this ruthless tyrant out of his easy chair.

Nicholas Maffei

Some 20 cop-killers have been released by Cuomo’s moronic and irresponsible Parole Board since 2017, including one who murdered two cops in one incident.

Combine that with the release of the killer of two moms who were slain with their kids in the house, and you have to wonder how board members keep their jobs.

Meanwhile, Cuomo, who appointed them, wrote a book on leadership, which in retrospect is a total joke, even aside from the parole board.

Where is the outrage over this? How is giving hope to murderers serving society? When will they disband this Parole Board?

Niles Welikson
Williston Park

The Parole Board members lack reason and common sense.

This board has released 20 cop-killers since 2017. What an embarrassing record.

This is morally bankrupt, unethical and shows absolutely no compassion or consideration for these police officers’ families.

This time, it’s the killer of Police Officer Harry Ryman, who gave up his life trying to stop three thugs from stealing a neighbor’s car.

These poor families had to suffer without a father, husband or son.

So tell me: How is anyone’s life improved by of the release of another cop-killer?

Mike Pedano
South Farmingdale

Cuomo’s tenure as governor will forever be remembered for the thousands of nursing-home deaths attributed to his incompetence. That is how it should be.

However, the release of cop-killer Paul Ford by a Cuomo-appointed Parole Board is a reminder that the damage done by this politician is far-reaching.

A life sentence has no meaning in a progressive, liberal state. Who could have guessed that some 40 years after the murder of a policeman, the cops would be the bad guys and lowlife scum like Ford would be freed?

Robert Mangi

The Issue: A new documentary that details the accusations of sexual abuse against Woody Allen.

I am fuming after reading Andrea Peyser’s column (“Put me on Team Woody — Mia is full of it,” Feb. 22).

The reason why child molestation continues is because people turn a blind eye to the facts.

Let me ask you this — who in their right mind marries their partner’s own child, adopted or not? If you cannot see there is something wrong with that picture, you have blinders on.

There are limited instances where people have falsely accused others of being child molesters in order to gain custody of their children during a divorce or separation.

In the case between Woody Allen and Mia Farrow, you have to look at his behavior. I believe the claims are true.

Panagiota Giakoumis

I never liked Allen or Farrow, so I have no bias in this endless feud, but I’m shocked that anyone could watch the new HBO documentary and not realize that it’s corrupt and dishonest to only tell one side.

Anyone can make another person look bad with lies or exaggerations.

Andrew Nace-Enzminger

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Democrats’ sneak attack on the free press




Democrats' sneak attack on the free press

Democrats’ hot new idea for responsible dialogue is to muscle cable and satellite providers to drop Fox News and other outlets they dislike.

In the runup to a House hearing this week, Reps. Anna Eshoo and Jerry McNerney (both D-Calif.) sent out letters to a dozen providers to silence conservative channels, demanding to know the “ethical or moral principles” behind “disseminating misinformation to millions.”

Federal Communications Commissioner Brendan Carr called out the “concerted effort by Democrats to drive political dissent from the political square.”

Indeed: At the actual hearing, the subcommittee chief, Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Pa.) gave the real agenda away: “More free speech just isn’t winning the day over the kind of speech that we’re concerned about.”

Sadly, this kind of intimidation works. As lefty Matt Taibbi notes, the last Democratic push for censorship got Facebook and Twitter to go along, with results like their blackout of The Post’s pre-election Hunter Biden scoops.

The government doesn’t have to actually ban speech by law (in violation of the First Amendment) when politicians simply can threaten the private sector into doing their will.

Too bad Taibbi was one of only a few lonely voices on the left to call out this concerted assault on basic democratic freedoms.

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