More NY Companies Announce Layoffs, Two Leave for Other States

Cuomo touts economic success as companies flee state
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D.) / AP

Although New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D.) has touted recent economic successes in his state, records reviewed by the Washington Free Beacon show that dozens of companies are laying off workers, relocating out of the state, or closing up shop altogether.

Report Exposes Cuomo Tried to Cover Up Ethics Commission Scandal

Told America Rising PAC it was ‘wasting its time’
Andrew Cuomo

A Freedom of Information Act request by America Rising reveals Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration misled the public when it claimed “there were no records of its contacts with an anti-corruption commission involving the Real Estate Board of New York,” the New York Post reports.

Cuomo’s Dirty Donations

Andrew Cuomo / AP

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has collected “at least $650,000 in campaign contributions from recipients of tax credits to redevelop industrial sites during the past four years,” a Bloomberg News report reveals. In an ostensible pay-to-play scheme, Gov. Cuomo received the contributions from recipients of brownfield redevelopment tax credits.

Chasing Hillary

Book: Biden, O’Malley, Schweitzer, Klobuchar, Emanuel, Cuomo, and Warren preparing to run if Hillary Clinton bows out
Artist: Gary Locke

Among Democrats who hope Hillary Clinton doesn’t run—and their number is larger than one might think—the complaints are familiar. Age and stamina are the obvious considerations. “Look at Obama’s hair color, just like George Bush’s,” says a prominent Washington insider. “Somebody who’s seventy shouldn’t be president. And I think that’s going to be an interesting issue against her, but who in the Democratic Party is going to have the guts to take on that machine?” A former Clinton campaign adviser is equally blunt. “This is gonna sound superficial”—which is an understatement—“but men do age better than women,” he says. “At seventy she’s not gonna be—it’s not gonna be great.”

NY Firearms Maker Kahr Breaks Ground in Pennsylvania for New Factory

Among several manufacturers leaving New York state over 2013 gun law
Kahr Firearms Group President Justin Moon (left) and Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley (second from left), break ground on a new factory.

One of several firearms companies upset with restrictions imposed under New York state’s latest anti-gun law broke ground last week on a new factory in central Pennsylvania as part of an exodus of gun manufacturers from the state.

THE BIGGER THEY ARE

Column: Hillary Falls to Earth
Hillary Clinton / AP

Hillary Clinton may end up deciding she wants to spend the 935 days until election 2016 making corporate speeches and spoiling her grandchild. Recent events have exposed weaknesses in Clinton’s supposedly impregnable armor, gaps through which a Democratic or Republican challenger could damage, perhaps even defeat her. The bad headlines to which she has been subjected are enough to make anyone—anyone who isn’t a Clinton—think twice about running for president.

Protesters Shred SAFE Act Registration Cards

Gun owners protest controversial NY law on day weapons were to be registered
Protestors shred gun registration documents outside the Mahoney State building in Buffalo, NY / AP

Gun owners in upstate New York gathered yesterday to protest Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s (D.) controversial anti-gun law and shredded SAFE Act registration cards the day they were required to register their weapons.