Sunday, July 3, 2016
Cuomo takes advantage of a distracted public again.
The tradition of the late Friday document dump is well known and often used. But a skilled politician who really wants do something without attracting notice knows that people are especially less attentive on Saturday mornings in Summer. And if you have the opportunity to do it before a three day weekend in Summer, why who would pass that up? Certainly not the current governor of the great state of New York.
On Friday, NYS released a report (three months late) on the progress of the taxpayer-funded Start Up New York jobs program, showing that the program had created 408 jobs to date. Four hunnert and eight. That's against "tens of millions of dollars" promoting it, and $1.19 million in tax benefits (although the companies receiving the benefits have invested $13 million in the NYS economy).
I'd like to point out that there's a lot of actual journalism going on in the NYT piece: it notes the timing of the release, hiding key figures in footnotes, and the obfuscation of results. They clearly went soft on Cuomo during the primary against Zephyr Teachout.
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