Cuomo should have seen this coming. The financial hardships of upstate cities are complex, and to pretend they can be solved with this shell game is insulting. It’s even more discouraging to see him counter criticism of it by attacking straw men.
“The answer cannot be, my friends, that every municipality in the state that has a financial problem, they’re going to come to Albany and ask for a check,” Cuomo said in January.
Of course not, Andrew. But it’s equally senseless to fudge the numbers now just to conceal deep problems that will be exacerbated by your plan and explode into full-blown crises in just a few years. Such logic would only make sense to a short-term thinker who, let’s say, plans to jump ship soon for a job farther south, perhaps in Washington, D.C.