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Statement by Conservative Party Chairman Gerard Kassar
October, 29, 2019
Note: New York State Conservative Party Vice Chairman and Erie County Chairman Ralph Lorigo today revealed at a meeting of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Public Finance Commission in Buffalo that Commission members never took an Oath of Office which is required of them by State Law within 30 days of their appointment (30 days is long past.) As a result, all previous Commission business is legally impermissible (documentation below.) This is yet another embarrassing blow to Mr. Cuomo’s Commission.
“Andrew Cuomo’s commission to exact revenge on political foes is now officially a disaster. It’s been obvious since the commission was authorized by the state budget that this slapstick assemblage was all about Mr. Cuomo’s political grudges and nothing to do with public policy or sentiment. Today we learned that his commissioners, including State Democratic Party boss Jay Jacobs, were so rushed to do Mr. Cuomo’s bidding that they failed to even take an Oath of Office, a strict requirement of New York State law. What an incredible waste of money: All of the commission’s previous votes, hearings, and activities have now been rendered null and void. Mr. Cuomo should shut down this charade before it becomes even more embarrassing and stop interfering with state Election Law that is the express purview of the duly elected Legislature.” — Gerard Kassar
Documentation of need for Oath of Office Documentation on need for Oath of Office