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Cronyism update: Donations for tax breaks in New York

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By Doug Powers  •  August 9, 2013 11:54 AM

**Written by Doug Powers

Cronyism: It’s what’s for breakfast, lunch and dinner:

A top development company donated $100,000 to Gov. Cuomo just days before he signed a bill that quietly showered the firm with lucrative tax breaks.

Two corporations tied to Extell Development each contributed $50,000 to Cuomo’s campaign, which recorded the checks on Jan. 28 — the same day the Assembly passed a housing bill that contained tax breaks for five developers, including Extell, records show.

Cuomo signed the legislation two days later.

The twin $50,000 donations were made by Elco Master LLC and 134 W 58 LLC. Each listed the same Louisville, Ky., address of Extell Financial Services, which is part of Extell Development. It was the first time either company contributed to Cuomo, state records show.

According to the Daily News, a Cuomo aide called any accusations that the governor’s decisions are influenced by donations “beyond reckless.”

But just in case, Cuomo signing a bill that was of great benefit to large donors is being investigated — by Cuomo:

Extell and the other four companies who benefited from the legislation have been subpoenaed by a special commission created by Cuomo to investigate corruption in state government. The commission is looking at circumstances surrounding the bill’s passage.

Not unlike Eric Holder’s investigations into the actions of Eric Holder, I’m guessing Andrew Cuomo’s investigation of Andrew Cuomo will find no wrongdoing on the part of Andrew Cuomo.

**Written by Doug Powers

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