The Board of Elections shamelessly defended its chicanery by claiming the employee responsible for posting the ballot online had missed work because of an illness. Snyder, predictably, didn’t buy this “dog ate my homework”-style nonsense.
“It’s bitterly ironic I am accused of unreasonable delay,” Snyder said to The Associated Press, “when it took them 25 days to hit that button.”
If it seems as if casino interests are steering this ship, it’s probably no coincidence. The gambling industry, according to The New York Times, has spent $59 million on lobbying and campaign donations since 2005, with more than $1 million of that to Cuomo alone — more than any other New York official. Perhaps it should come as no surprise that he has pushed so hard to provide the industry with a return on its investment.