Editorial pages across New York over the weekend heavily criticized Gov. Andrew Cuomo for his handling of the corruption-busting Moreland Commission, which the governor disbanded in April.
After the New York Times report Wednesday about meddling into the panel’s work by Cuomo’s top aides, editorial pages on Sunday ripped Cuomo, saying he has failed to clean up Albany since he took office in 2011.
“Whether Cuomo should resign over this scandal is up to him. (Just a guess: He won’t.),” the Daily Gazette in Schenectady wrote. “But if the allegations are proven through an independent investigation to be true and possibly criminal, then the governor and all those who acted on his behalf should rethink their careers in public service.”
The Albany Times Union editorial page wrote: “He owes the people of New York better. Better than an aborted corruption probe. Better than legalistic excuses and rationalizations. And better than a trail of broken promises. He owes the people a real explanation, and a sincere apology.”
New York Post editorial writer Bob McManus compared Cuomo to former Gov. Eliot Spitzer, whose record in Albany was marred by his aggressiveness even before he resigned in 2008.
“There are many differences between Spitzer and Cuomo, but the two men have this in common: They are bombastic, profane-in-private control freaks who rarely opt for persuasion when blunt-force trauma is available,” McManus wrote.
The Syracuse Post Standard said, “The messy unraveling of the Moreland Commission gives New Yorkers less faith in government, not more. It reinforces mistrust of our leaders. It proves once and for all that Albany cannot investigate itself. What a letdown. What an embarrassment.”
The Democrat and Chronicle in Rochester, a Gannett Co. Inc., publication, chided Cuomo for his response in the New York Times that their investigation was old news.
“The governor’s actions appear politically self-serving, hypocritical and ethically wanting. In Albany, unfortunately, that’s old news,” the editorial said.
The Buffalo News wrote: “It’s not just disappointing, it’s shameful.”
Cuomo’s handling of the Moreland Commission is being debated nationally. MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” panel offered a blistering take on the situation this morning.