The New York Progressive Action Network (NYPAN) congratulates the federal prosecutors for bringing justice, Tuesday, in the case of U.S. vs. Percoco. The jury’s verdict of guilty on three felony counts of ‘Conspiracy to Commit Honest Services Wire Fraud’ and ‘Solicitation of Bribes and Gratuity’ was a long-awaited victory for the people of New York.
It is a sad commentary on our great state that corruption and pay-to-play is the accepted way of doing business in Albany, particularly in the Governor’s office. The tireless investigative work of NYPAN members Pramilla Malick and others at Principled Progressives of Orange County is responsible for shedding light on this matter, leading to the federal investigation.
NYPAN calls upon Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to investigate the permitting of the Competitive Power Ventures (CPV) gas-fired power plant in Orange County that has been tainted by corruption from the outset.
“This represents an unconscionable failure of government” say Cari Gardner, Chair of NYPAN’s environmental Committee. “Governor Cuomo’s climate and environmental leadership now appears a cynical sham to cover up his administration’s relationship with fossil fuel interests like CPV. We join other community, environmental, and good government groups in demanding that all permits for this dangerous project be rescinded, the project be shut down, and public hearings be held to determine what fully transpired.”
The residents of Orange County should not have to sacrifice their air, water and property values because of the self-dealing of a few bad actors connected to the Governor. It flies in the face of science, fairness, common sense and the Governor’s own greenhouse gas reduction targets to build new fracked gas power plants at a time when climate change is the most pressing issue facing our nation and the world.