Governor Cuomo sent out an email message on Wednesday to promote the video above. In it he talks “about the steps we are taking right now to clean up Albany once and for all… I want all New Yorkers to know that I work for you — the people. It’s time we restore your full trust in government once again.”
We would like to believe the Governor’s promise, but are very skeptical, given that the best way to keep it would be to expose and clean up the layers of corruption that are still ripping off the public at Ground Zero. Now, that would really be something. By all means, clean up “the legislative corruption in Albany.” But first, acknowledge that four governors cheated the public out of a true recovery at the World Trade Center.
New York will never be clean as long as the WTC dirty. The Twin Towers Alliance has spent years chronicling the connivance and contempt with which elected officials thwarted the overwhelming popular support for restoring, not replacing, the fabulous, incomparable skyline.
They engaged in lobbying at the highest levels — meeting with the Executive Director of the Port Authority at a time when billions of dollars could have been saved by examining the benefits of the far more popular Twin Towers II plan in 2008, instead of putting the stalled plan on steroids.
If Governor Cuomo is serious about wanting to “investigate and prosecute wrongdoing,” then exposing the breach of trust at Ground Zero would send the loudest possible message to those who think nothing of it and believe they got away with it.
The links below are prime examples of corruption in high places. We will elaborate later today, but what it all boils down to is simple: As long as politicians are unwilling to admit that mistakes have been made, and rationalize that what’s done is done, there is no hope of cleaning up the corruption that is rampant and invincible, because the only thing that can stop it is the truth.
New York Daily News
“We will not rest until we have exhausted every option to insure that the aviation industry’s insurers pay their fair share toward the complete rebuilding of the World Trade Center,” Silverstein’s statement declared. When will the media start talking about Silverstein’s “fair share?”
Washington Post (AP)
Curbed New York