NYS has run out of money to make necessary highway repairs leaving motorists who need to cross Lake Champion floating and other projects out on a limb. What happened? Comptroller DiNapoli discovered that New York misappropriated $22 billion — spending it on operating expenses for two state agencies and debt payments. This is an indictment of the Cuomo and Pataki administrations who knowingly and willfully took money out of the highway and bridge fund and used it for purposes for which it was not intended.
This should be the last nail in the coffin of George Pataki’s political ambitions. It shows that his management style was fundamentally deficient. Instead of paying attention to the job for which he was elected, Pataki spent his time running for the next office.
The problem also forces us to ask what happened to the Stimulus Monies? The Paterson administration has been issuing press releases left and right praising the governor for the results of stimulus spending, but you can’t tell me that they didn’t know that there was a $22 billion hole in the highway and bridge trust fund! Another case of rampant mis-management.
Look at the difference that results when you have a business manager run a government as opposed to a professional politician. Compare what Mike Bloomberg has accomplished in NYC to the Cuomo-Pataki-Spitzer-Paterson results. Bloomberg understands what it means to manage; the others only know how to run for office.