Assemblyman Kieran Lalor today mocked Gov. Andrew Cuomo for putting former Gov. George Pataki on a new tax-cutting commission, saying it’s like “having A-Rod on the ‘Get Steroids Out of Baseball Commission’.”
Lalor, R-Fishkill, Dutchess County, blasted Cuomo and Pataki, saying the former three-term Republican governor was “liberal” and “big spending” and is being used as a way to help Cuomo look more moderate to voters when Cuomo seeks a second term next year.
“I don’t think he was duped into it. George Pataki has been around long enough to know that he’s now playing a role in trying to help Cuomo look like a moderate by having a Republican on the panel,” Lalor, a freshman lawmaker, said on 1300-AM (WGDJ) in Albany.
Lalor added, “I’m disappointed he would play that game. We have an election for governor in 13 months, so to have our last Republican governor as liberal and as big spending as he was join with Cuomo is disappointing. It says a lot about who Pataki is.”
Yesterday, Cuomo hailed having a bi-partisan panel to look at ways to lower taxes in New York. He named Pataki and former Democratic comptroller Carl McCall, who beat Cuomo in the 2002 primary for governor, as co-chairs of the panel.
Lalor said the panel is a sham. Cuomo has set up several commissions to look at taxes and unfunded mandates, which are driving higher costs on local governments. The commissions, however, haven’t done anything, Lalor said.
“All the members of this commission are of Albany, they’re Albany insiders,” Lalor said of the new commission.
“There should have been a county executive or somebody from local government on this panel because property taxes are driven very strongly by unfunded mandates, and we know the governor’s last sort of do-nothing commission was an unfunded mandate commission.”