This is What “Vote Blue No Matter Who” Gets You.
Let’s talk about how Andrew Cuomo continues to fail New York State.
In the midst of a global pandemic, historic economic crisis, and the largest civil rights movement in history, the past four months — needless to say — have felt like nothing less than a blur.
My home state of New York, and downstate in particular, as we all know was hit particularly hard, with tens of thousands of people succumbing to the deadly virus. In spite of the fact that he oversaw one of the largest outbreaks not just in the United States but the entire world, I must admit that Governor Andrew Cuomo’s ability to position himself as a national hero in the eyes of the media throughout the duration of this crisis was an incredibly well crafted coup of the narrative surrounding the virus’ impact on the state.
Over the course of the past few months Cuomo has certainly made his share of controversial decisions, not the least of which was mandating that nursing homes in New York State accept residents positive with coronavirus. But even with the good ideas, such as mandating that nursing home staff be tested twice a week (now once a week), Cuomo still managed to allow his mediocrity overshadow even the best of intentions. It should come as no surprise that there was no state aid offered to the nursing homes to help cover the costs of these tests. At the nursing home where I’m currently employed, it cost the company that owns our facility upwards of $60,000 dollars a week. An amount — it’s worth noting — that has been staggering in part because Cuomo, in his infinite wisdom, mandated a fifteen dollar minimum wage while slashing the medicare budget that pays our checks by one million dollars for the facility where I work.
But as we have entered in to yet another month with tens of millions of people throughout the country currently unemployed, many of whom are unable to put food on the table for themselves and their families let alone write their rent checks, yet another example of Andrew Cuomo’s devastating mediocrity has emerged, and with brutal consequences.
As many might already know, the Governor placed a 90 day moratorium on rent payments that has now been extended another two months. Unfortunately, as to be expended, these measures don’t go nearly far enough. The money, of course, will still be due.
Caroline Spivack with New York Curbed writes:
“…Under the initial executive order, a landlord cannot legally evict a tenant until the measure expires, preventing renters who are suffering a sudden financial hardship from being forced into the streets during a pandemic. The moratorium does not cancel rent payments, and tenants are still on the hook to pay back their landlords for any missed payments.
But according to the new executive order, the two month extension of the moratorium, beginning June 20, only applies to renters unable to pay rent due to COVID-19 or who qualify for unemployment benefits. Ellen Davidson, a staff attorney with the Legal Aid Society, fears that the caveat puts the burden on tenants of proving they’ve been financially impacted by COVID-19, and could leave undocumented immigrants, and others who don’t qualify for unemployment, vulnerable.”
In a recent letter penned by 19 legal service providers, they warned that once housing court reopens, there could be 50,000 filings immediately, most for nonpayment of rent. In addition to that impending crisis brought upon by Cuomo’s refusal to cancel rent, evidently he only cares that you don’t end up on the street in the midst of a still rapidly spreading pandemic so long as the reason for not paying your rent wasn’t strictly related to COVID-19.
So why might the Governor be so unwilling to do the bare minimum for the people of this state when they’re at their most vulnerable?
As I initially expected, it appears as though the answer might lie — at least in part — with money and of course a continued thirst for power.
Will Bredderman with Crains New York Business writes:
“As the state Legislature weighed changes to New York’s rent, wage and campaign finance laws, the real estate community put its money on Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
A Crain’s analysis of the governor’s fundraising found that the industry accounted for a hugely disproportionate share of the $4,441,418 his 2022 re-election campaign hauled in between mid-January and mid-July — vastly outweighing contributions from unions, the health care sector and trial lawyers…
The money flowed to the governor from all sectors of the real estate industry: residential and commercial, luxury and low-income. Winston and Kenneth Fisher, of the famed Fisher Brothers firm, gave $62,500 each. Their company’s counsel, Martin Edelman, gave a matching amount while Steven Fisher donated $31,250. Douglas Durst, another leader of one of the city’s royal families of real estate, threw Cuomo $40,000.”
Maybe it’s just me, but it seems fairly obvious who’s insisting that landlords still get their checks.
As pitiful as the democratic party and it’s leadership in particular might be, few embody exactly what “vote blue no matter who” will get you better than Andrew Cuomo, and the thing that bothers me most of all is the fact that he’s not being held accountable or questioned for any of it. But of course, the reason as to why he’s not going to be held accountable for it is about as obvious as the reasonings behind his current decision making.
Is there anyone who pays attention to politics today that doesn’t see Cuomo is positioning himself to run for President in 2024? His fellow lawmakers know this and so does the media. Four years ahead of time we’re already being groomed to see him as the anointed one, much like Joe Biden and especially Hillary Clinton before him. As someone who continues to experience firsthand what his leadership has done not just to my workplace, my community, but my state overall, I can say with absolute certainty that the seemingly endless barrage of “vote blue no matter who” is not going to get me to ignore the skeletons in this man’s closet when it comes to his legislative record, and I have a feeling there are plenty. If Andrew Cuomo is the liberal’s idea of the future of the democratic party, then I’m not at all interested.