The New York Times this week declined to endorse Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the Democratic gubernatorial primary, claiming he “resisted and even shut down opportunities to fix” a state government controlled by big money.
The newspaper’s editorial board noted that when he campaigned for his first term as governor four years ago, Cuomo said “Job 1” would be to clean up Albany and “make the government work for the people.”
But the Times accused Cuomo of failing to live up to that promise. The paper said his first budget cuteducation by $1.5 billion, and that he also instituted a property tax cap and refused to extend a tax surcharge on the highest-income New York state residents.
The Times also took Cuomo to task for dismissing Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan for a tax hike on wealthy New York City residents to pay for universal pre-kindergarten.
But the Times reserved special criticism for Cuomo on the issue of ethics reform, accusing him of failing to push for reform the campaign finance system and most of all, accusing him of mishandling the Moreland Commission that was set up to investigate corruption.
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