On Monday the and the NY Post both reported that State Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm Smith held a fundraiser at the Wiltwyck Country Club in Kingston and compared his fundraiser to an "initial public offering" of stock in a corporation. Initial public offerings are typically the lowest price a stock is ever offered at. Smith reportedly told donors that if they didn't give now, they would have to give more later.
"Leaders of both major parties have to cast off the special interest politics, the politics of the insiders and get back to business creating jobs and lowering taxes, not doing favors and raising money," Bernardo said.
Bernardo has also called for an investigation by AG Cuomo's office.
I commend Len Bernardo for this, if he is serious and this is not some political ploy.
It will be interesting to see of Bernardo is serious becasue he has a unique chance to show that he is.
DA Carnright made a statement today saying that he will not investigate the mater and would hope the State Commission of Public Integrity will do so instead. This is something that can be investigated in Ulster County by the District Attorney's office. Furthermore, the Ulster DA's office should have their own Commission on Public Integrity as Mr. Sennett proposed in last years campaign. (Video Below)
Len Bernardo, who is touting himself as the Independence candidate with Republican backing has an opportunity to show his Independence by urging Holley Carnright to reconsider and launch an investigation into this matter.
Len, you say you are about change and ending the good ol' boy style politics, well, prove it. We're waiting.