There are a lot of questions about the appearance of pay-to-play going on in the Governor Andrew Cuomo New York State administration. When you look at the flow of money, you wonder how this quid pro quo pro has not resulted in more indictments. The focus of this article is about Crystal Run, a healthcare system in New York State. They have received much largess from the State after some hefty contributions to the Cuomo campaign funds. Is any of this legal?
As Written and Reported By The New York Post Editorial Board:
Fresh evidence keeps rolling in that Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s “economic development” programs amount to one vast pay-to-play scheme. The latest: an Albany Times-Union exposé on the exceptional state aid for Crystal Run, an upstate health care company.
Because Crystal Run’s $400,000 in donations to Cuomo may have involved the use of illegal straw donors, it’s now under criminal investigation by a federal grand jury.
According to the T-U, help from the gov’s office began flowing shortly after Crystal Run’s CEO made his first $25,000 donation to Cuomo. And the point man working to grease the skids of state bureaucracy was none other than Joe Percoco, then Cuomo’s deputy secretary and a guy the governor long called a “brother.”
The same Joe Percoco who just recently was convicted of pocketing more than $300,000 in bribes in the Buffalo Billion bid-rigging scandal benefiting two development firms — also both hefty Cuomo donors.
With Percoco’s help, Crystal Run was constantly on the receiving end of state help and financing — even for projects that had long ago broken ground without any state…..
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