Gov. Kathy Hochul can’t preserve her story straight on her fishy deal to buy overpriced COVID tests from a giant donor. She’s sworn up and down she had no concept the agency’s CEO, Charlie Tebele, and household have been donors to her marketing campaign. Nevertheless it seems he’d thrown her an in-person fund-raiser the month earlier than.
Because the Times-Union reveals, Tebele hosted the bash in November 2021 (even because the gov’s marketing campaign employed one in all his youngsters as a paid intern). 4 days later, the gov declared a COVID emergency — suspending guidelines round aggressive bidding for key state contracts and overview earlier than cost on such contracts.
Then, in December, Hochul’s workplace inked offers price a brain-busting $637 million with Tebele’s firm Digital Devices for some 52 million at-home COVID exams. Extra, the sketchy transfer bought carried out in a single day.
And because of the emergency, nobody may cease it regardless of the per-test value being more than double what different distributors — i.e. these missing cozy political connections to the governor — have been managing to snag.
Goodtime Charlie then threw a second fundraiser for Hochul — simply after the huge funds to his agency have been full, in April.
The image couldn’t be clearer. Or uglier.
Hochul’s tried to clarify the inflated value as a necessity, because the state wanted plenty of exams quick as a result of Omicron wave and the reopening of faculties. However she saved on shopping for the exams at sky-high costs lengthy after any attainable disaster had subsided.
And keep in mind, Digital Devices was simply the intermediary: California purchased similar exams direct from the producer at 45% less per test.
Hochul’s lie about realizing Tebele pre-deal solely provides insult to the fiscal harm she did by taking it.
Once more, this is only one of Hochul’s most flagrant pay-to-play shenanigans as she rushed to sell taxpayer-funded favors to her donors; others have certainly value New Yorkers far worse. However don’t count on any investigations: Her fellow Democrats management the remainder of state authorities.
A one-party state is a corrupt one. Rely it as another reason to vote for Lee Zeldin this November.