Hours after he released an indictment against Hank Morris for a massive, alleged pay-to-play scheme with the state pension fund, and moments before announcing that Public Villain of the Moment A.I.G. had caved to his request for a list of employees receiving bonuses, his 2010 campaign organization sent out this email announcing that they're just getting started. (To which more than a few people in Albany would say, "Duh.")
Here's the email from Cuomo 2010:
First and most importantly, I want to thank you for your past support and interest in my work on behalf of the people of New York State.
This email marks the first in what I hope will be a continuous two-way dialogue between us. In the future, I’ll ask for your input and support on important issues and share with you the details of our many accomplishments. For example:
• Achieving landmark legislation to protect students from being ripped off when they take out student loans
• Forcing health insurance companies to increase what they consider to be fair and usual costs when you seek repayment
• Forcing Wall Street firms to return billions of dollars in money to investors who were unfairly misled and requiring these firms to account for scandalous bonuses and personal expenditures
• Saving your tax dollars from being wastefully spent and improving the delivery of services by consolidating many of New York State’s 10,000 government entities
But as I said this is just the start. And to make this conversation even more impactful, I’m asking you to suggest five of your friends or family members who might like to be included.
Please go to my website now and you’ll find a simple form to provide their email addresses.
And here's the Cuomo statement, emailed by the attorney general's office, on A.I.G.:
I have received the list of AIG FP employees who received retention payouts. Mr. Liddy testified in Congress yesterday that he intended to comply with our subpoena and expressed concern for employee safety. Mr. Liddy has in fact now complied with the subpoena. We are aware of the security concerns of AIG employees, and we will be sensitive to those issues by doing a risk assessment before releasing any individual’s name. The Attorney General's Office is a law enforcement agency and is experienced in making these assessments. As we perform our review, we will simultaneously be working with AIG over the next few days to determine which employees received payments and which chose to return the money they received. The Attorney General's Office will responsibly balance the public's right to know how their tax dollars are spent with individual security, privacy rights, and corporate prerogative. At this moment, with emotions running high, it is important that we proceed diligently, with care, reflection, and sober judgment. We thank AIG for their compliance.