There is a massive scandal in Utica, involving $300 million in taxpayer dollars and a handful of elected officials – featuring candidate Anthony Brindisi. But why does this matter to the Southern Tier?
The more I look into this, the more that the Citizen Action favored candidate Brindisi raises questions on his character. An example is that while County Executive Anthony Picente and a representative of Gov. Cuomo used their official government emails for this non-public sceme, Brindisi hid his emails under a private account – why? Was he taking a page from Hillary Clinton and actively trying to hide from the public what he was doing?
Another question, why did Anthony Brindisi initiate and enforce the specific location of the hospital (where the $300 million in taxpayer money is going) – to the point to threatening the project if another location was chosen – is there a kick back involved or was the location for his political gain?
How about the unfiltered comments about public commentary and concerns. Anthony Brindisi, several times over months of emails as found via FOIA, made statements disparaging and directly planning to thwart public questions on the project while publicly stating he was open to questions. Is that what we should expect from a congressional candidate?
This all matters because the NY-22 and nation deserve transparent elected officials that actually represent the people and their best interests. This Utica Hospital scandal highlights that Anthony Brindisi won’t do these things as an Assemblyman, so imagine if he gained the power of Congress? How much worse would he treat constituents and how much more backroom wheeling and dealing would he do – all while smiling to the cameras.
He may be the best that the Democrat Party can offer as a candidate for the NY-22 but that’s not the best that the people should be given as a choice or deserve. Considering this will be one of the most watched and expensive congressional mid-term election races in 2018, this won’t go away and it shouldn’t be forgotten. I suggest you look at the FOIA and see what i mean.