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Gov Cuomo wants taxpayers to foot the bill for state political campaigns

Guess who just announced he’s most likely going to run for a fourth term?

And don’t kid yourself that this will eliminate corporate and large donations. Those will never be eliminated as every politician (just ask those demorats who fly to Hollyweird to fundraise) needs every dollar they can get.

From NY Post: Taxpayers will be on the hook to fund state political campaigns if Gov. Andrew Cuomo gets his way as the budget battle in Albany continues.

The plan will cost more than $500 million over the next four years, a dubious Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (D-Bronx) estimated.

“We just finished putting together a budget where we were scrimping and saving trying to find pennies in the couch to pay for things and programs that matter to people,” he told reporters Friday night.

But Cuomo is insisting on the measure, which he says will boost the influence of ordinary voters and reduce the sway of corporate interests. “I believe public financing has to be in the budget,” he said.

Cuomo’s plan would give qualified candidates $6 of taxpayer money for every dollar they raise from small donations up to $175.

It would cap individual donations to $25,000 for statewide races — a steep drop from the $70,000 currently allowed — and would lower the limits that can be given to state senate and assembly candidates as well.

But with an expected $2.3 billion dollar drop in state revenues this year, some lawmakers say it’s a luxury the state can’t afford.

Instead, the budget might include some incremental steps toward Cuomo’s campaign finance goal, such as contribution limits, but hold off a full-fledged program until 2024.

“This is about getting corrosive influences of money, large donations, out,” said Assemblyman Bobby Carroll (D-Brooklyn).

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Another 2020 contender: Bill de Blasio says “There’s plenty of money in NYC, it’s just in the wrong hands”

The mantra of every elite socialist and ill-informed, government-educated proggie.

From NY Post: Burnishing his progressive credentials, Mayor Bill de Blasio portrayed himself as a protector of the working class on Thursday — while proposing a redistribution of wealth — in his sixth State of the City address.

“Brothers and sisters, there’s plenty of money in the world. There’s plenty of money in this city. It’s just in the wrong hands,” said de Blasio, who owns two homes and collects $258,750 a year as mayor.

“You haven’t been paid what you deserve for all the hard work. You haven’t been given the time you deserve. You’re not living the life you deserve. And here is the cold, hard truth: It’s no accident. It’s an agenda,” he continued, blaming Republican presidential administrations from Reagan to Trump.

The mayor proposed initiatives to level the playing field between the haves and have-nots — such as seizing buildings from bad landlords, expanding the Department of Consumer Affairs to include “worker protection” and offering medical care to 300,000 illegal aliens.

But critics pointed out the mayor’s corporate handouts.

“I thought there was something a little contradictory when he talks about having a city with a whole lot of money where workers don’t get their fair share and how we’re going to start to be more fair and more equitable,” Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. said.

“The irony there is that you’re giving $3 billion away to Amazon [in city and state subsidies],” Diaz continued, adding that he supports the online retail giant’s plans to build a headquarters in Long Island City, Queens, but not the financial incentives offered to it.

Hizzoner also promised to confiscate land from scofflaw landlords and turn the seized properties over to nonprofits under a newly created Mayor’s Office to Protect Tenants.

“When the city’s worst landlords cheat their tenants, we will take their buildings away from them,” he said in the 67-minute speech at the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Symphony Space on the Upper West Side.

“If fines and penalties don’t cut it, we will seize buildings and put them into the hands of a nonprofit that will treat tenants with the respect they deserve.”

The details were not announced, but the plan is modeled on the Department of Housing Preservation and Development’s Third Party Transfer program, which forecloses on properties that have fallen into serious disrepair or are behind on taxes.

It was one of many mayoral ideas that recycled existing programs or proposals de Blasio couldn’t push through during his first five years at City Hall.

The Department of Consumer Affairs will be renamed the Department of Consumer and Worker Protection to help freelancers and contract workers get paid quicker while enforcing paid-sick-leave laws and worker vacation requirements. Such activities already largely fall under its purview.

He also re-upped a 2016 proposal to create a public retirement system for the 2 million New Yorkers who do not have employer-sponsored savings programs. The plan stalled three years ago due to federal rule changes, but the city is taking another stab at it now that Oregon got one up and running and Seattle is moving in that direction, city officials said.

The city’s version would require employers to either offer retirement to all employees or auto-enroll them in a city-run retirement system.

De Blasio also pledged to expand pre-K for 3-year-olds to 20,000 by 2019 instead of 19,000 by 2021, while also extending a program that gives free vision checks and glasses to 5- and 6-year-old schoolchildren.

The city expects about 33,000 kids to get the glasses, supplied free by the eyeglass-making company Warby Parker.
The mayor, whose own eye has shifted outside New York as he seeks to raise his national profile, plugged his previously announced plan to expand the city’s MetroPlus public health care system as proof that New York is a progressive bastion battling a regressive national current.

“This country has spent decades taking from working people and giving to the 1 percent. This city has spent the last five years doing it the other way around,” he said.

He also took shots at Albany over the state of the city’s subways, although his gripes may have fallen on dead ears.
“I am not listening to it right now,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo told WNYC on Thursday. “I’m in Albany.”

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Libtard Cynthia Nixon claims ICE is a terrorist organization

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Candidate Nixon wants to work hard for illegal aliens/Instagram photo


Riiiiight, because terrorist organizations are known to do this:

Heaven forbid federal employees actually do their jobs. At least demorats are now admitting they prefer no rules for illegal aliens.
But keep it up with hyperbole and hysterics, proggies. Still isn’t going to help your November “Blue Wave.”
And it most certainly isn’t going to help Nixon get anywhere to closing the MASSIVE gap she faces with Cuomo.
From NY Post: Actress-turned-gubernatorial challenger Cynthia Nixon labeled the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency a “terrorist organization” and called for its abolishment on Thursday.
The Democratic hopeful appeared at St. Paul and St. Andrew United Methodist Church on the Upper West Side to support undocumented Guatemalan immigrant illegal alien Debora Vasquez-Barrios, a mom of two American kids who fears she’ll be deported.
Nixon called ICE a “terrorist organization” at the church and later doubled down on the charge via Twitter.
“ICE is a terrorist organization, and its egomaniacal leader is Donald Trump,” she wrote, on top of a NY1 tweet of her “terrorist organization” remark at the church.
She reportedly said at the church: “ICE has strayed so far away from its mission. It is supposed to be here to keep Americans safe but what it has turned into frankly is a terrorist organization of its own that is terrorizing people who are coming to this country.”
Earlier in the day, Nixon appeared on ABC’s “The View” and said: “I think we need to abolish ICE. That seems really clear. They have strayed so far from the interests of the American people and the interests of humanity.”
The “Sex and the City” actress is challenging Gov. Andrew Cuomo for the Democratic nomination. The primary is on Sept. 13 and a Siena College poll last week showed her trailing Cuomo 61 percent to 26 percent.
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A progressive bastion: Cynthia Nixon promises to make New York a "real" sanctuary state

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Candidate Nixon wants to work hard for illegal aliens/Instagram photo


It’s the demorat way…
From Daily Mail: Cynthia Nixon has promised to turn New York into ‘a real sanctuary state’ for undocumented migrants illegal aliens in a swipe at Andrew Cuomo, her rival for the Democratic nomination.
The ex-Sex and the City actress areas including New York City for already adopting so-called ‘sanctuary’ legislation but blamed Cuomo, the current governor, for failing to take it up on a statewide level.
This and similar pro-immigrant measures would help turn the state into a ‘progressive bastion’, Nixon said during a speech in Rochester on Thursday.
‘All of these things that we should have done and that New Yorkers want us do, that’s why I am running.
‘Times up on progressive change and waiting for progressive change in New York,’ Nixon said, according to a report in the New York Daily News.
In the same speech Nixon also demanded more money for schools and renewable energy, and new laws to create a single-tier health system.
The New York Assembly passed sanctuary state legislation last year, but this was thrown out in the Republican-controlled senate.
Cuomo has been accused of preventing sanctuary legislation from going through the Senate by allowing a controversial power-sharing deal between Republicans and a breakaway group of Democrats.
The Independent Democratic Conference joined Republicans in a ‘majority coalition’ in return for leadership positions and lucrative stipends. It lasted for seven years before ending earlier this month.
New York City passed a bill in October 2017 ruling that no state money would be used to help enforce federal immigration legislation.
Other areas that have adopted similar legislation in the state include Albany, Ithaca, Wayne County, Omondaga County, Franklin County and St Lawrence County.
Cuomo hit back against Nixon’s criticism, saying: ‘I think we have the most progressive record in the country in this state.’
Sanctuary legislation has been heavily criticised by Republican legislators.
At a roundtable on the issue in March, President Trump accused cities that fail to cooperate with immigration authorities of putting the nation at risk by releasing ‘thousands of criminal aliens’ who should be deported. ‘In many cases they are very bad actors. We have gang members, we have predators, rapists, killers – a lot of bad people,’ he said.
Earlier this week, Iowa became the latest Republican-led state to propose legislation which would withhold money from local governments that don’t comply with federal immigration laws.
A bill outlining an expansive immigration enforcement plan is expected to receive final legislative approval this week.
Read the rest of the story here.
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Cuomo wants taxpayers to pay for illegal aliens go to college

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The party promising free stuff to illegals on your dime!


New York tax dollars at work.
From NY Post: Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to give another break to immigrant Dreamers by extending free public college tuition to students who were brought into the United States illegally as kids.
Cuomo tucked a provision in his $168 billion budget plan that would amend state education law to make the undocumented students illegal aliens eligible for the Excelsior Scholarship program, which covers tuition costs for students from families with incomes of up to $125,000.
On Tuesday, he said the state would continue providing Medicaid to Dreamers regardless of any federal changes to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA.
But Republicans in the state Senate said they won’t go along with Cuomo’s latest idea.
“We don’t support giving free college tuition to people who are here illegally,” said Senate GOP spokesman Scott Reif.
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ICE arrests 114 in New York operation targeting fugitives and illegal aliens

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From Fox News: An Ecuadorian citizen who was illegally in the United States and had been convicted of rape was among 114 people arrested during an 11-day operation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers in New York, the agency said Tuesday.
ICE said the sweep, which ended Saturday, targeted fugitives and and people who have violated U.S. immigration laws, including those who re-entered the country after being deported.
Of those arrested during the operation, 82 people had criminal histories, including prior convictions for sex crimes, drug offenses and fraud, while 15 others had pending criminal charges, including assault, larceny and sexual exploitation of a minor.
Others taken into custody included a Jamaican citizen — with a prior conviction for forcible touching, robbery in the 1st degree and acting in a manner to injure a child less than 17 — and a Mexican citizen whose criminal record includes a 1st degree manslaughter conviction, authorities said.
“Our nation has a proud history of immigration, but we are also a nation governed by laws specifically designed to protect its citizens and residents. ERO deportation officers are committed to enforcing the immigration laws set forth by our legislators,” said Thomas Decker, field office director for Enforcement and Removal Operations in New York. “Of those arrested during this operation, nine were released from New York custody with an active detainer, which poses an increased risk to the officers and the community.”
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Illegal alien living in New York arrested for raping 12-year-old girl multiple times

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I wonder if Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s The Liberty Defense Project will offer pro-bono legal services to this scumbag?
From Daily Mail: An illegal immigrant living in New York allegedly raped a young girl multiple times when she was 12 and 13 years old, including once in front of a baby.
Fernando Alvarado-Perez, 37, was arrested and is facing several rape and child endangerment charges after he allegedly attacked the girl in Geneseo in upstate New York.
It is not clear when the alleged rapes took place.  Alvarado-Perez is accused of having sex with the girl at least once in front of a baby.  He is being held at the Livingston County Jail without bail.
Geneseo Police Chief Eric Osganian told the Livingston County News that Alvarado-Perez told officers after his arrest that he had come to the US illegally 10 years ago.
The police department initiated a new policy in May that dictates how officers are supposed to deal with illegal immigrants. They did not abide by the policy when arresting Alvarado-Perez, the chief said.
‘Our officers were concerned about investigating this incident and assisting the family the best we could with referral services to other agencies,’ he said. ‘His immigration status wasn’t a priority to us.’
Alvarado-Perez was charged with first-degree rape, rape in the second degree, criminal sex act in the second degree and four counts of endangering the welfare of a child.
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Cuomo blames state legislature for chasing businesses out of NY

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From NY Post: Gov. Andrew Cuomo blamed the state legislature for chasing businesses out of New York and giving the state a bad reputation for business — after pointing out that state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli once sat as a member of that legislature.
The criticisms, which called on lawmakers to take a good look at themselves in the mirror, came days after DiNapoli criticized Cuomo’s economic development plans in an audit claiming that unqualified businesses drew tax breaks.

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“He’s dead wrong and he should educate himself,” Cuomo told reporters asking about the findings during a press conference announcing Geico would add 600 jobs in Buffalo. He then went on to criticize hometown lawmakers.
“The comptroller was in the legislature and sat in that Assembly, as did members of the Western New York delegation, where New York and Upstate and Buffalo hemorrhaged jobs, hemorrhaged jobs. We had people leaving Buffalo on a daily basis and all they did was make it worse by raising taxes and they stifled businesses and stifled New Yorkers. We’ve reversed that. Now we have to incentivize and compete with other states to get those jobs back. Frankly, the New York State Legislature should look long and hard in the mirror about what they did to Upstate New York.
While Cuomo and his economic czar Howard Zemsky have rebutted DiNapoli’s findings, the comptroller has remained steadfast about his claims that tax breaks were given to businesses that didn’t deserve them.
DiNapoli’s audit of Start-Up New York is one of many criticisms publicizing flaws in the state’s economic development programs, including the Buffalo Billion, which is under federal investigation thanks to US Attorney Preet Bharara.
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NY State Assembly approves bill to inject poison into hearts of babies in the womb

For years, the New York state legislature has been embroiled in a battle over a package of bills called the Women’s Equality Act (WEA) that supposedly promotes the interests of women. The 10-point WEA is held up in part because the legislature has resisted the 10th point — a late-term abortion measure, AB 6221, which allows abortionists killing the unborn by shooting poison into their little beating hearts.
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Since 2013, abortion advocates have been holding the Women’s Equality Act hostage to this single AB 6221, refusing to break the 10-point bill up. The legislature resisted passing AB 6221 despite strenuous support from the supposedly Catholic Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
The position of the Catholic Church is and consistently has been that abortion is an “intrinsic evil,” which means it is not subject to negotiation. Being an intrinsic evil, abortion also takes precedence before any of the Church’s other concerns, including the darling of the Left — “social justice.”
On Tuesday, March 24, 2015, in a vote of 94-49 the New York State Assembly approved passage of AB 6221, which will expand third-trimester abortions and allow non-doctors to perform abortions.
Third-trimester abortion is also called late-term abortion — the deliberate murder of babies who are 7 to 9 months old, who feel pain, and who are viable if allowed to live outside their mothers’ wombs.
New York State law currently allows for late-term abortion, i.e., abortion in the third trimester, only when the mother’s life is in danger. AB 6221, sponsored by Assemblywoman Deborah Glick, will instead allow abortion on-demand throughout all nine months, i.e., up until the 9th month. The law would be changed to allow abortion for any reason deemed “relevant to the well-being of the patient” including physical, emotional, psychological, and familial factors, and the mother’s age.
Lori Kehoe, New York State Right to Life executive director, said:

“Expanding cruel and brutal third-trimester abortions has long been a goal of the anti-life lobby who never met an abortion they didn’t like. With no regard for the fully developed unborn baby who is violently dismembered, or otherwise killed, the New York State Assembly once again put the abortion lobby above New York State women and their children. We now look once again to the Senate to hold the line in defense of the children which happens to also be in accordance with the will of the rest of the people. It is ridiculous that in 2015, with all the technology at our disposal, we are still arguing whether or not an eight month old baby in the womb deserves protection. It is doubtful that our descendants will look kindly upon this period in our history, when we fought for the right to dismember babies weeks, days and even minutes before birth.

New York State Right to Life will be discussing this and other attacks on members of the human family at their free-to-the-public Lobby for Life Day on April 29 at the Legislative Office Building in Albany.
NY Assemblywoman Deborah Glick
New York State Assemblywoman Deborah J. Glick represents District 66 in New York City’s Greenwich Village. Her official bio says “Deborah is the first openly lesbian or gay member of the New York State legislature” and that “As an elected official, she has focused on civil rights, reproductive freedom, health care, lesbian and gay rights, the environment, housing, higher education, social justice, animal rights and funding for the arts.”
Clearly, for Glick, “animal rights” do not include the rights of the human unborn, even up to 9 months old.
For her contact information, click here.
H/t LifeNews and FOTM’s CSM.
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NY gun owners join other states in defying gun control laws

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There are two ways for people who are not sheeple to resist a dictatorial government:

  1. Passively, via noncompliance; or
  2. Actively, via protests and armed insurrection.

Gun owners across America are choosing #1, passive resistance:

  • In Connecticut, hundreds of gun owners have not complied with a new state law requiring all gun owners to register their firearms by January 1, 2014. The CT state legislature had passed that law by invoking the Sandy Hook school shooting.
  • In Colorado, elected county sheriffs (55 out of 62) have signed on to a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a package of gun-control laws requiring background checks for private gun transfers and outlawing magazines over 15 rounds. The state legislature had passed those anti-Second Amendment laws by invoking the alleged Sandy Hook massacre and the preceding Aurora theater shooting. Some sheriffs, like Weld County Sheriff John Cooke, are refusing to enforce the laws, saying that they are too vague and violate Second Amendment rights. Many more say that enforcement will be “a very low priority,” as several sheriffs put it.
  • Even in “liberal” blue state California, gun owners in Sunnyvale, a city in Silicon Valley, are defying a new local law banning high-capacity magazines by refusing to turn in those magazines by the March 6 deadline. San Francisco had approved a similar ban last year, but SF police Sgt. Eric O’Neal said his department has no system to track whether any magazines have been turned in for destruction under the new ordinance. Both Sunnyvale and San Francisco enacted their gun control laws in reaction to the alleged Sandy Hook massacre.

Add the gun owners of New York to the above list of passive resisters.

Bob Owens reports for Bearing Arms, April 5, 2014, that New York state residents are required to register an estimated 1 million firearms designated as “assault weapons” under the NY SAFE Act by April 15.

But it appears there is overwhelming noncompliance.

NY State Police refuse to publicly share the number of firearms that have been registered (citing a provision of the NY SAFE Act itself), but leaks purporting to be from within the agency indicate that only 3,000 to 5,000 firearms have been registered, which suggests a noncompliance rate of a whopping 99.5%.

More encouraging still is the fact that the chief law enforcement officers in most counties have announced they will not enforce the SAFE law. NY State Assemblyman Bill Nojay (R-Pittsford) said, “The rank and file troopers don’t want anything to do with it. I don’t know of a single sheriff upstate who is going to enforce it.”

NY governor Andrew Cuomo had also invoked the Sandy Hook massacre when he pushed through the Orwellian-named SAFE Act.

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Do you see a pattern in the red-colored sentences above?

Every state that passed gun control laws IN VIOLATION OF THE SECOND AMENDMENT TO THE U.S. CONSTITUTION, had invoked the alleged massacre of 20 children and 6 adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, 2012 — a massacre that former state trooper Wolfgang Halbig calls “a contrived event.”

Indeed, as The Newtown Bee reports, a “Gallup poll shows support for new gun laws jumped after the Sandy Hook tragedy. But a Pew Research Center poll shows that support has slipped. And even in the aftermath of Newtown, there were fewer people calling for new gun laws than there were in the late 1990s and early 2000s.”

So if the Sandy Hook massacre indeed was a false flag, expect another even more heartrending mass-trauma false-flag event to come our way soon.

For links to the posts FOTM has published on this contrived event, go to our “Sandy Hook Massacre” page.

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H/t FOTM’s swampygirl

UPDATE (April 17, 2014):

Hooray!

As many as a million New York residents have failed to register their “assault weapons” and “high capacity” magazines with the state, by the April 15 deadline. Read more at Guns.com.

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