New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been taking heat this week from state politicians, many of whom say the governor’s priorities seem misplaced.
They argue that Cuomo has appeared more concerned about trying to get the motto “E Pluribus Unum” onto the state flag than about closing the state’s $6.1 billion budget gap or addressing a much-criticized bail-reform law.
The bail-reform law has come under fire following a series of highly publicized crimes, including the rape and murder of a 92-year-old woman, a wave of anti-Semitic attacks and a $1 million burglary spree.
State Assemblymember Nicole Malliotakis, a Republican from Staten Island who’s running for a U.S. House seat, tweeted Thursday that Cuomo, “is more concerned about changing the state’s license plate and flag than the botched bail law that’s putting New Yorkers in imminent danger. This is ridiculous.
“There are $6.1 billion more important things to be focused on,” Assembly Republican Leader Will Barclay agreed, according to The Democrat and Chronicle in Rochester.
Stony Point Councilman Tom Basile, a former member of the George W. Bush administration, former executive director of the New York Republican Party and a Fox News contributor, called Cuomo “unhinged.”