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Title: Middle Village man pleads guilty to posting online
threats to kill members of Congress
Summary: A Middle Village man who was arrested just
days after insurrectionists stormed the U.S. Capitol on
Jan. 6, admitted Monday, Aug. 16, to posting threats
to kill members of Congress and illegally possessing a
huge cache of ammunition.
Reach: 4,645 (as of 08/23/2021)
Governments in America traditionally
change hands in January; something
extraordinary must happen for such a
changing of the guard to occur in the
other 11 months of a calendar year.
Th at’s what occurred at the stroke of
midnight Monday, Aug. 23, in Albany,
when scandal-scarred Governor
Andrew Cuomo resigned his post, and
Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul took
the reins as New York’s 57th (and fi rst
female) chief executive.
We’ve been at similar points before in
New York and American history.
We think of March 2008, when
Governor Eliot Spitzer resigned in disgrace
amid a prostitution scandal and
Lieutenant Governor David Paterson
took control of New York. We think of
August 1974, when President Richard
Nixon resigned aft er two years of the
Watergate scandal, and the unelected
Vice President Gerald Ford assumed the
task of leading a government humbled
and hobbled by the controversy.
And in August 2021, Hochul will
assume offi ce at a truly extraordinary
time in history. As if leading the pandemic
recovery work in progress wasn’t
challenging enough, New York got blasted
with a tropical storm over the weekend
that prompted a federal disaster declaration.
Such is the life of a New York governor,
faced with challenges that come at
a second’s notice. We have no doubt that
Hochul is up to the task — and was ready
to go when Cuomo announced his resignation
plans back on Aug. 10 amid the
sexual harassment scandal that crippled
his stewardship of the state.
Where does New York go from here?
Look to the state motto that Cuomo oft en
mentions: Excelsior — ever upward.
Governor Hochul has an excellent
opportunity to mend fences and forge
new alliances in state government. She
seems to understand the challenges the
state faces with the pandemic: higher
taxes and costs of living, a crumbling
infrastructure, a need for economic reinvestment
among long-ignored communities.
If Hochul pulls it off , New York and
its residents have much to gain. Political
peace in Albany can bring about tempered
public policy and good works that
can boost our economy and standard of
living. Let’s hope she can lead us there.
As to the outgoing Cuomo, we thank
him for his 11 years of service as governor.
Even so, the investigations into
his conduct over the past 18 months
shouldn’t be swept aside with his departure
from offi ce. New Yorkers deserve
answers and accountability.
Governor Hochul has an excellent opportunity to mend fences and forge new alliances in state government.