McLaughlin files complaint against Cuomo
Oct 21, 2014 12:10 am
Fredric U. Dicker reports in The New York Post Republican Assemblyman Steven McLaughlin, of Rensselaer, on Oct. 17 filed a complaint with the Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) and the state Board of Elections alleging ethical violations were made by Gov. Andrew Cuomo while recently promoting his new book. Some background: Cuomo, though campaigning for re-election, has spent little time interacting with voters, and more time shilling his book on talk shows. McLaughlin, who represents parts of Columbia County in the Assembly, has spent much of his time in Albany making snarky tweets about Cuomo. Dicker, who also hosts an Albany-based radio show, fights with the Cuomo administration over interview access, with Dicker losing out lately to a rival radio show. McLaughlin's complaint alleges that maybe state police pushed away a citizen asking Cuomo a question about the Moreland Commission on state corruption at a book signing. And that Cuomo's appearance last week on "The Late Show with David Letterman," where he read a top ten list with a joke about Coxsackie, violated ethics laws by a payment of an “impermissible gift," of $750,000 since, “CBS recently negotiated with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office a tax break for the ‘Late Show’ of at least $16 million,’’ reads the complaint, a copy of which was obtained by The New York Post. Dicker writes about McLaughlin's charges for 17 paragraphs before getting to, "A Cuomo spokesman, Rich Azzopardi, responded to McLaughlin’s filing by saying, 'Pure and simple, this is a crackpot complaint devoid of facts or merit.'"