Quaratine, contributions and campaign 'fraud'
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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo with Savannah Mayor Van Johnson during a visit to the hard-hit state of Georgia on Monday. (Photo: Governor's Office)
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo with Savannah Mayor Van Johnson during a visit to the hard-hit state of Georgia on Monday. (Photo: Governor's Office)
This week we figured that we would take a quick look at some of the things going on in the world of New York politics.

14 days?

Governor Andrew Cuomo made a trip to Savannah, Georgia, on Monday, visiting a state that is seeing coronavirus cases surge over the past couple of weeks.

He met with Mayor Van Johnson and the city’s health care team to discuss the best practices for fighting COVID-19 and how to set up testing and contact tracing operations.

Of course, Georgia is on the list of states that require a mandatory 14-day quarantine if you travel there and return to New York, or if you live there and are visiting the state.

Nick Langworthy, chairman of the state Republican Party, immediately picked up on the fact that the governor was not about to give up his daily press briefings and take his own advice.

“Once again, New Yorkers are witnessing the ‘do as I say, not as I do’ arrogance of King Cuomo, who always has one set of rules for himself and another for everyone else,” he said in a statement.

Ung surging

Just 11 days after announcing her intent to run for the Flushing City Council seat being vacated by Peter Koo when he is term-limited out of office next year, Sandra Ung filed her paperwork with the Campaign Finance Board showing that she raised over $40,000 during the first half of 2020, one of the highest filings in the borough of Queens.

In fact, according to Ung, that was the fifth-highest amount for the six-month filing period out of the 153 candidates running for City Council.

Let that number sink in for a bit. Not that Ung’s contributions ranked fifth in the city, but that there are going to be 153 candidates running for City Council next year.

If they all qualify for the city’s generous six-to-one matching funds program, which we assume nearly all of them will outside of the handful of candidates who step afoul of the rules, that means taxpayers are going to be funding a lot of campaigns next year that have no shot of succeeding.

Campaign fraud

This is a bit of old news, but Congressman Max Rose wasted no time in attacking Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis after she won the GOP Primary on June 23, making her the Republican candidate who will face Rose in November.

At 10:16 p.m. that same night, just a little over an hour after the polls closed, the Rose campaign sent out an email with the subject head: “Max Rose Welcomes Fraud Nicole Malliotakis to NY-11 General Election.” Let the mudslinging begin!

In fact, you can take in all all of the mudslinging on a website the Rose campaign set up: nicolethefraud.com. Straight and to the point!

Rose has a whole list of issues he says Malliotakis has flip-flopped on depending on the audience she is addressing, but probably the most humorous example of her being a “fraud” was a photo she shared on social media of her “delivering” gloves and sanitizer during the height of the coronavirus pandemic in the city.

Observers quickly noticed that the picture was clearly a terrible Photoshop job, and that Malliotakis was not in fact standing in front of car loaded with PPE.

State Conservative Party chairman Jerry Kasser took the blame for the photo, stating that it was part of a series of ads highlighting the work candidates are doing on the frontlines.

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