New York's next governor, Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, visited the State Fair on Sept. 1, but he declined the traditional tour with the fair's director, Dan O'Hara. Cuomo's reticence to hang with fellow Democrat O'Hara stems from the ongoing state investigation into all manner of wheeling and dealing at the annual expo, dating back to the tenure of Peter Cappuccilli Jr., a Republican.
On Aug. 31, Cuomo's office announced it's launching a criminal probe into Cappuccilli's administration of the fair from 1995 to 2005. A recent state inspector general's report alleged that Cappuccilli misused $860,000, including $78,000 to pay for parties, holiday cards and his daughter's weddings.
The inspector general's report also found that under O'Hara's leadership the State Fair and Department of Agriculture and Markets officials violated state laws by signing no-bid contracts with concert promoter Live Nation in 2008 and Fight Night promoter Classic Entertainment and Sports Inc. last year.
Let's hope the Democrat attorney general looks into those shenanigans as well, rather than focusing only on the Republican. Cuomo's reluctance to tour the fair with O'Hara may mean exactly that.
Instead of appearing with O'Hara here Sept. 1, Mario Cuomo's kid munched on sausage sandwiches with Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner.
Teachers balk at Cuomo coronation
The New York State United Teachers refuse to endorse Andrew Cuomo for governor.
That should tell voters something. Teachers and retired teachers claim a huge share of the budgets of school districts across the state. As a result, school districts levy one of the heaviest taxes on property state-wide. If New York voters really want tax relief, they'd be wise to oppose anything that the teachers' union supports.
NYSUT's snit with Democrat Cuomo should be a major boost to his campaign among voters, those who don't work as teachers, that is ...