An Open Letter to New York’s Governor Elect Andrew Cuomo

Dear Andrew,

Augurisimo! Well done, even though your victory was no surprise to anyone who has watched you over the last 20+ years.

You and I go way back…..all the way to Westhab in the 80s when Marlene Aig would cover you for the AP and I would do the same for 1010 WINS.  We knew; we knew then that you would succeed your Dad, eventually.  All anyone had to do was see your dedication to helping the homeless and the ease with which you handled people and the many media queries which ensued.

In fact, back in 1993 when you became Assistant Secretary of HUD, I told your Dad it was just a matter of time.  I told you the same thing at one point.  You didn’t call – he didn’t give you my resumé but that’s OK.  You worked hard and you made it.  So, now that you’re there you have to show the world what you can do.

You don’t have an easy road to hoe.  New York State is a mess thanks to the Democrats who came before you and the nation’s financial woes.  This didn’t happen overnight nor will it be fixed overnight.  Don’t run in like a rock star  into the Governor’s Mansion.  You’ve been there before so you know how the game is played.  All I ask is that you dedicate your new position to restoring the faith I used to have  as a Democrat because no one can afford to live here anymore.

Here’s my punch list; please see what you can do:

– Stimulate business with job growth and growth incentives.  Small businesses and solo practitioners have all but died off.

– Cut the property taxes in this state.  Try consolidating government.  Property is over-assessed and muncipalitites are now trying to deal with SCAR challenges that leave them scrambling.  They’ve been used to a gravy-laden budgets and don’t know how to deal with the a reduction in their tax roll.  Make this a priority or you won’t have any constituents to shepherd.  I mean if Montana’s legislature can meet every other year, why do we need such a bulky government, from Albany down to Dobbs Ferry?

– End the insurance monopoly, from health insurance to general liability and professional malpractice insurance.  No one can afford it and the only “healthy” bottom line is that of the insurance companies.  Come on!   Allstate’s third-quarter earnings this year jumped 50%, while I have to decide between buying the crappy health plan or none at all.  Some choice.

– Take control of the MTA.  It’s off the rails.  It started taxing businesses which don’t do business in NYC and still can’t manage to operate without exorbitant fare hikes.  Sorry, but WTF is that about?

You’ve aligned your stars for greatness and your political career can be a gallactic success.  If you can make New York  State THE place to live again – the White House is in your future and we know that!  I am telling you, take care of these things efficiently and you will win legions of new fans.  If you need help, just call, I’m only down the road.

Now get to work,

In bocca al lupo,

Lisa Fantino

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