Lew Leone is the vice president and general manager of WNYW-FOX 5. He is taking to the airwaves with his thoughts on current affairs. It's called "Lew's View." The views expressed are not necessarily those of the station or its employees.
---In this commentary, Mr. Leone has a report card on the governor of New York.
As we near the end of 2013 it is time for our governor's report card. This week we'll take a look at New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Next week is Chris Christie's turn.
Emergency response: A
On emergency response I'll give Cuomo an A. He was at the Metro-North train derailment right away, and while he normally shies away from the camera time he was front and center on this one.
Disaster follow-up: D
He gets a D along with every other government official on disaster follow-up. The lack of progress on Sandy recovery this year has been an embarrassment. Millions of dollars in relief aid has still not reached many of those in need. Cuomo's M.O. is to convene official commissions to study issues and then make recommendations. The problem with these commissions is that they are like leadership by committee. They are basically meetings with people talking about what they should be doing instead of actually doing anything.
The Moreland Commission, which is studying government corruption, just released a report telling us what we all know that there is massive corruption in Albany with much of it tied to skimming from nonprofits. It doesn't name names and recommends the same finance reforms Cuomo couldn't get passed this year. The education reform commission has really done nothing. The same goes for Cuomo's tax reform commission.
And don't get me started on fracking, which the governor has been studying for years and he will never make a decision.
Because of all of this inaction I'll have to give Cuomo a big fat I for "incomplete."
That is what happens when you have leadership by committee. Nothing happens. I've noted previously that some of this indecision could be intentional because Cuomo has designs on national office, he enjoys a high approval rating and by playing rope-a-dope he doesn't risk any political capital with the voters.
I think New York deserves better. Governor Cuomo is in a position to improve the quality of life in New York. He can help improve the economy and create jobs by pushing tax reform and giving fracking a chance.
He can improve the quality of education by enacting real education reform and he really should make good on his promise to clean up the rampant corruption in Albany.---
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