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White Plains CitizeNetReporter featured Dyson Professor Joseph Rolandi's piece "Andrew Cuomo’s Crisis of Leadership."

03/05/2021

White Plains CitizeNetReporter featured Dyson Professor Joseph Rolandi's piece "Andrew Cuomo’s Crisis of Leadership."

(Professor Rolandi served in the administrations of Governors David Paterson and Andrew Cuomo from 2008-13 as Deputy Commissioner, New York State Division of Human Rights. A political scientist, he is an Adjunct Professor of Public Administration at Pace University and John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York. His views are his own and do not necessarily reflect those of his current/former employers).

Governor Cuomo continues to be under fire, despite his seemingly contrite appearance in yesterday afternoon’s press conference. He faces serious allegations on three fronts – sexual harassment of young women in his circles; verbal threats/harassment against other state officials; and Federal investigation into alleged mishandling of the reporting of COVID-19 data in nursing homes.

The crisis has raised a number of legal, political, administrative and constitutional issues. It comes at a time when the state faces a $ 15 billion budget gap next year (the fiscal year begins on 4/1/21); a severe economic and budgetary situation in New York City; 2022 redistricting; police reform; continuing efforts to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, etc.

The decision to begin an independent legal investigation by the State Attorney General was prudent, given that the state ethics board (JCOPE) and the legislature would be conflicted to launch their own investigation. Also conflicted would have been a new investigatory Moreland Commission (which only the Governor can initiate).

It is interesting to note that many establishment Democratic elected officials in New York have declined to call for his resignation. Indeed, most governors in the National Governors Association (NGA) have also declined to call on Cuomo to step down as NGA Chairman.

Read the full White Plains CitizeNetReporter article.