Thursday, September 15, 2022

Why Does the Legislature Allow Hochul’s Pay-to-Play COVID Corruption?; Poll: Lee Zeldin trails Kathy Hochul by only 6 points in NY governor’s race, and other C-Virus related stories

Matthew McDermott
Why does the Legislature allow Hochul’s pay-to-play COVID corruption?
In the year she’s been in office, Gov. Kathy Hochul has shown she can learn the ropes quickly — the ropes, that is, of New York’s corrupt pay-to-play culture. She’s proven adept at raising tens of thousands of dollars from major real-estate developers coveting special tax breaks, ho hum. But she’s surpassing even her predecessor, Andrew Cuomo, in corrupting that supposedly sacred space: COVID-19 science.
Last week, Albany’s Times Union revealed that Hochul’s administration paid nearly $650 million to a middleman, Digital Gadgets, over the winter for tens of millions of at-home COVID tests at twice the market price.
It just so happens that Digital Gadgets’ founder and CEO, Charlie Tebele, is a big supporter of the governor. He and his family members have donated nearly $300,000 to her campaign.
In April, literally weeks after cashing the last multimillion-dollar check from state taxpayers, Tebele kindly hosted a fundraiser for Hochul, at a cost of $4,700. He, his family and his business partners poured more than $150,000 into Hochul coffers that week.
And a Tebele family member, James, a recent New York University grad, even has a paid job with the Hochul campaign. Young Tebele’s job is . . . fundraising. --->READ MORE HERE
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Lee Zeldin trails Kathy Hochul by only 6 points in NY governor’s race:
Republican Rep. Lee Zeldin is within striking distance of Democrat Kathy Hochul in the governor’s race, trailing New York’s chief executive by 6 points, according to a new poll.
The survey of 1,194 likely voters — conducted by the polling firm co/efficient — showed 49% backing Hochul, 43% supporting Zeldin and 8% undecided.
The right-leaning pollster predicted GOP underdog Glenn Youngkin’s upset victory over Democrat Terry McAuliffe in the Virginia governor’s race last year.
“It is a competitive race, more than most people assume. It’s an uphill battle for Zeldin but a winnable race,” said Ryan Muncie, president of the co/efficient polling firm.
“The intensity of voters is definitely on the right but whether that’s enough to overcome the Democratic registration advantage remains to be seen,” he added.
There are rays of hope for Zeldin, the underdog in a state where Democratic candidates benefit from a huge party enrollment advantage in statewide races.
Zeldin split the Hispanic vote with Hochul — usually a reliable Democratic constituency in New York — 41% to 41% with 18% of respondents undecided amid worries about crime and inflation. --->READ MORE HERE
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