North Tonawanda, NY -- October 19th… Senate Republican Leader Rob Ortt today blasted the One Party Rule in Albany for staying silent on Governor Hochul’s massive pay-to-play corruption scam that gave a $637 million no-bid contract to her top donor.
A series of news reports have detailed numerous instances of Hochul’s pay-to-play, including a corrupt deal that was done after she reauthorized her emergency powers to circumvent the normal procurement process and awarded a $637 million no-bid contract to a company whose owners and family members donated $300,000 to the governor and held a fundraiser for her campaign. The contract was given to Digital Gadgets, a company known for selling hoverboards through QVC, for COVID tests that were sold to New York for twice the amount of what the state of California paid.
Democrats in Albany have stayed silent as the governor repeatedly renewed her emergency powers and on the kickback schemes that have put Hochul under fire from even other Democrats.
“Once again, we are seeing Democrats in Albany banding together and remaining silent to protect their political interests rather than the people of New York,” said Senate Republican Leader Rob Ortt. “It is clear there is a major problem in the Executive Office, where there seems to be no oversight over millions of dollars in taxpayer money that has been blatantly used to pay a donor of Kathy Hochul.”
Ortt concluded, “When the Governor took the reins from her disgraced predecessor, she promised a “new era” of “transparency” and “accountability.” Instead, what she delivered is more of the same secrecy and corruption that has shattered New Yorkers’ trust in their government. Democrat legislators need to stop burying their heads in the sand and do what is right for the taxpayers of this state.”