Editorial: Gov. Hochul, end your unnecessary paid COVID “emergency” order
Governor Kathy Hochul just reignited her eternally protracted COVID “emergency,” though any real emergency ended months ago at the latest.
Thus, the main impact of his order is to feed the lingering hysteria – and to leave his state rules ultimately to the benefit of certain major Hochul donors.
The order, dating from Omicron’s surge in late 2021, suspends bidding for certain state contracts as well as review by the state comptroller’s office before payments are made.
It allowed medical devices chief Charlie Tebele – whose family donated nearly $300,000 to Hochul’s campaign – to seize a state-owned company worth a staggering $637 million for testing fast.
Meanwhile, the coronavirus has long since become nothing more than a background health threat to nearly everyone in New York: In a state of 20 million, deaths from COVID (not necessarily from him) have been 20 or less per day since March; the daily hospital population with the bug has been below 2,500 since late February.
There is no longer any possible public health justification for Hochul’s “emergency”: either she doesn’t want to give up her extra (profitable) power, or she’s afraid to admit the obvious.
Jamestown Post-Journal. August 15, 2022.
Editorial: Zeldin for Governor’s Campaign Must Be Clear About Copied Signatures
Sen. Zellnor Myrie, D-Brooklyn, wants to know who in Zeldin’s campaign for governor tried to pull a quick shot to win another line in the November election ballot.
U.S. too. The same goes for any Republicans interested in voting for Rep. Lee Zeldin in November’s gubernatorial election.
Zeldin asks for the public’s confidence in his candidacy for governor. Trust is a big thing given New York’s history with governors. Eliot Spitzer was ousted from office after a prostitution scandal. Andrew Cuomo ended up having his own sexual and ethical indiscretions before quitting. Governor Kathy Hochul begins to show some of her own warts, beginning by nominating someone under federal investigation to be her first lieutenant governor.
Now, it seems, Zeldin’s campaign is tarnishing his image by photocopying some 11,000 voter signatures in a bid to revitalize the defunct Independence Party line on the ballot. Some of those signatures were from Chautauqua County residents, though County Clerk Larry Barmore, who circulated those petitions, said nothing illegal was done here.
Something illegal was done somewhere, then. And before voters give Zeldin their support, his campaign needs to be clear.
It’s not just an electoral game. It’s a matter of trust – and the Zeldin campaign can build trust by clearly revealing photocopied petitions.
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