STATEMENT: Stringer Closing Campaign on Same Negative Note That’s Dominated It

New York, NY—Spitzer 2013 campaign spokeswoman Lis Smith released the following statement on Scott Stringer’s closing campaign ad, which makes personal attacks against Spitzer, including the much-debunked “money laundering” claim:

Scott Stringer is closing out his campaign on the same negative note that has dominated it. With no record to run on and no defense for his support to overturn term limits and give Mayor Bloomberg a third term, Scott has turned to throwing out nasty, failed and repeatedly debunked  attacks in a Hail Mary to save his campaign. We’re confident that the people of New York will reject this strategy and embrace Eliot as an independent voice in the comptroller’s office.”

Background:

A PANICKING STRINGER CAMPAIGN DEVOLVED INTO MAKING FALSE MONEY LAUNDERING CHARGES

New York Times Headline: “Law Doesn’t Back Stringer’s Claim of ‘Money Laundering’ by Spitzer.” [New York Times, 8/18/13]

NY1 Headline: “Stringer Backs Away From Claims That Spitzer Laundered Money.” [NY1, 8/19/13]

New York Post: “Maybe ‘Money Laundering’ Isn’t The Right Legal Term.” [New York Post, “Accounting For Eliot,” 8/20/13]

State Of Politics: After First Promising To Focus On The Issues, Stringer Leveled False Accusations Of Money Laundering At Spitzer. “What’s going on here? Everyone is in a panic, that’s what. And after promising repeatedly to keep the race focused on issues and not get down in the mud to defeat Spitzer, the Stringer campaign seems to be taking a new tack. In the most recent NY1 debate, Stringer repeatedly accused Spitzer of money laundering…But a solid piece of reporting in today’s Times by Kate Taylor pretty much debunks that.” [State of Politics Blog, Spitzer-Stringer Part Deux, 8/20/13]

·         The Stringer Campaign “Devolved” Into Money Laundering Attacks That Backfired, But “Panic Rarely Leads To Clear Thinking Or Good Ideas.” “Stringer swore off bringing up the circumstances leading to Spitzer’s resignation. But somewhere along the way, Stringer changed his tactics. And when that change devolved into a charge of money laundering, it appears to have backfired. The truth is, panic rarely leads to clear thinking or good ideas.” [State of Politics Blog, Spitzer-Stringer Part Deux, 8/20/13]

STATEMENT: Stringer Has Run a Campaign of Negativity

New York, NY - Today, Spitzer 2013 Campaign Manager Miriam Hess released the following statement on Scott Stringer’s negative campaign and support for Mayor Bloomberg’s third term:

“Anyone who has watched the debates or checked their mailboxes knows that Scott Stringer has been running a negative campaign from day one.  All we are doing is pointing out the facts of his record.

https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/images/cleardot.gif”While it’s understandable why Scott might want to run away from his unpopular support for Mayor Bloomberg’s third term, this ad highlights the fundamental choice in this election: do we want an establishment candidate like Scott Stringer who takes care of his own in back room deals, or an independent voice who fights for working New Yorkers?  Eliot is the proven voice who takes on the establishment, not the one that perpetuates it.”

"Frightening"

Scott Stringer is not telling the truth about his opposition to Megan’s Law.  Now, in the middle of a political campaign, he claims that he opposed Megan’s Law because he felt it would drive offenders underground.  But, that’s not what he said at the time.  Instead, he called the very idea of parents being able access important information about sex offenders in their communities ”frightening.”  Below is his contemporaneous explanation for voting against Megan’s Law, and it bears no resemblance to the excuses he’s scrambling to make up now.  

 

Scott Stringer on Megan’s Law:  ”I find it frightening that we’re setting up a precedent for 900-numbers, where you can call up and find this information,” said Manhattan Democrat Scott Stringer. ‘Where does it stop?”

 

AP: PATAKI GIVES FINAL APPROVAL TO `MEGAN’S LAW’

Associated Press

Section: CAPITAL REGION,  Page: B2

Date: Wednesday, July 26, 1995

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ALBANY New York became the latest state to adopt a “Megan’s Law” Tuesday as Gov. George Pataki signed a bill giving communities access to records of convicted sex offenders. Pataki’s action came shortly after the New Jersey Supreme Court upheld the law in that state named after 7-year-old Megan Kanka, who was raped and killed last July in her Hamilton Township, N.J., neighborhood. A convicted sex offender has been charged in that crime.

"It’s like a personal triumph for us, that this really means something so good after something so bad happened to my daughter,” said Maureen Kanka, Megan’s mother, who was at the state Capitol to witness the bill-signing ceremony.

Following her daughter’s death, Kanka pushed New Jersey to pass a law that gives communities access to convicted sex offenders’ records, and then brought her campaign to states that did not already have similar legislation.

The bill created in New York would set up a statewide registry for convicted sex offenders, and would also give people access to their records through a 900-number.

New York becomes the 47th state with some form of a Megan’s Law, according to state Attorney General Dennis Vacco’s office.

Creation of a law appeared uncertain this year until state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said he would bring it to the floor of his house for a vote near the end of the 1995 legislative session. Silver said he was doing so even though he had doubts about the bill’s legality.

Republicans brought pressure on Silver by holding an emotional news conference with Megan’s mother, the father of California murder victim Polly Klaas and the father of suspected abduction-and-slay victim Sara Anne Wood.

The legislation passed the Assembly with only nine no votes. It earlier passed the Senate with only one dissenting vote.

All of the parents were present again as Pataki signed the measure into law.

"I really wish that he had the power to bring my little girl back,” a teary-eyed Robert Wood, of Frankfort, Herkimer County, said as Pataki prepared to sign the bill.

One of the few Assembly members to vote against the bill last month continued to criticize the measure
 on Tuesday.

"I find it frightening that we’re setting up a precedent for 900-numbers, where you can call up and find this information,” said Manhattan Democrat Scott Stringer. "Where does it stop?”

Stringer said he voted against the bill because he feared it was unconstitutional, and believes it will be struck down by New York’s top court.

"I’ll be satisfied when the Court of Appeals of New York renders a decision,” he said.

However, supporters of the law were buoyed by the 6-1 New Jersey Supreme Court decision Tuesday that upheld the constitutionality of a similar law there.

"I think that it’s a great sign for the survival of our own law here,” Vacco said.

"I’m just thrilled, we worked very hard for this,” said Mrs. Kanka. "This type of legislation, what it does is that it gives a little bit of enlightenment and control to the parent.”

Marc Klaas acknowledged concerns that some convicted sex offenders would simply drop from sight and leave the state.

STATEMENT: Eliot Spitzer Has Proven Record of Standing Up for Women’s Health and Economic Security

New York, NY—Spitzer 2013 campaign spokeswoman Lis Smith released the following statement in response to Scott Stringer’s disingenuous attempts to attack Eliot Spitzer’s record on women’s issues:

“Only one candidate in the race for comptroller has a proven record of standing up for women’s health and economic security: Eliot Spitzer. As governor, he fought to strengthen a woman’s right to choose, expanded funding for breast cancer screenings and cervical cancer vaccinations, pushed for a paid leave plan that would allow women to take time off from work to care for newborns and sick family members, and worked to increase the number of contracts to women-owned businesses. The women of New York won’t be fooled by Scott Stringer’s empty rhetoric and celebrity backers; they know that Eliot will be the independent voice they need in the comptroller’s office.”

Background:

SPITZER STOOD UP FOR WOMEN’S HEALTH

Headline: “Spitzer’s Health Legacy: A Woman’s Right to Choose” [Wall Street Journal, 3/11/08]

AS GOVERNOR, SPITZER INTRODUCED LEGISLATION TO PROTECT A WOMAN’S RIGHT TO CHOOSE FOLLOWING THE SUPREME COURT’S UPHOLDING OF ANTI-ABORTION LEGISLATION

Spitzer Introduced Legislation To Protect A Woman’s Right To Choose Following A Supreme Court Decision To Uphold Partial-Birth Abortion Bans. “Gov. Eliot Spitzer said Wednesday that he planned to introduce legislation to overhaul the state’s pioneering but antiquated abortion law, shoring up abortion rights in New York. The proposal follows the United States Supreme Court’s decision last week to uphold the federal Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act, at a time when several other states are moving to tighten restrictions on abortion.” [New York Times, “Spitzer Pushing Bill to Shore Up Abortion Rights,” 4/26/07]

·         Spitzer’s Bill Removed Abortion From Criminal Statutes And Repealed Criminalization Of Over-The-Counter Contraception To Minors. “Mr. Spitzer’s bill, the Reproductive Health and Privacy Protection Act, would update current law, which, for example, does not include a provision allowing for abortions late in pregnancies to protect a woman’s health. New York state laws on the books also treat abortion as a homicide, but with broad exceptions that allow the procedure in many cases. Mr. Spitzer’s proposal would remove abortion from criminal statutes and make it a matter of professional and medical discretion. It would also repeal an old statute ‘that criminalizes, among other things, providing nonprescription contraception to minors,’ according to the governor’s office.” [New York Times, “Spitzer Pushing Bill to Shore Up Abortion Rights,” 4/26/07]

·         Spitzer: “New York State Will Continue To Be A Beacon Of Civil Rights And Protection Of Women’s Rights.” “Even if the Supreme Court does not understand the law, we do,” Mr. Spitzer said, appearing briefly at a Manhattan luncheon held by Naral Pro-Choice New York. “New York State will continue to be a beacon of civil rights and protection of women’s rights.” [New York Times, “Spitzer Pushing Bill to Shore Up Abortion Rights,” 4/26/07]

Family Planning Advocates Of New York State: “The Supreme Court Said Last Week That A Woman’s Health Doesn’t Matter, And With Very Carefully Crafted Legislation Today, Governor Spitzer Said It Does.” “Abortion rights advocates hailed the proposed legislation as a critical step in light of the Supreme Court’s ruling, but it is also one whose purpose could be seen as insurance if the Supreme Court upholds stricter regulation of abortion. The state bill would not change current abortion practices, nor would it have any effect on the procedure covered by the federal ban, which is known medically as ‘intact dilation and extraction.’ ‘New York’s laws have to be impeccable,’ said JoAnn Smith, president and chief executive of Family Planning Advocates of New York State. ‘The Supreme Court said last week that a woman’s health doesn’t matter, and with very carefully crafted legislation today, Governor Spitzer said it does.’” [New York Times, “Spitzer Pushing Bill to Shore Up Abortion Rights,” 4/26/07]

In His 2008 State Of The State Address, Again Spitzer Called On The State Legislature To Pass The Reproductive Health And Privacy Protection Act. “We must also make a commitment to women’s health. Given the continued efforts at the federal level to dismantle protections for women’s reproductive health and privacy, I ask you to pass the Reproductive Health and Privacy Protection Act.” [State of the State Address, 1/9/08]

Spitzer Included $1.5 Million In His Executive Budget To Expand Cervical Cancer Vaccination For Low-Income Teens And Women. “Christine Anderson, spokeswoman for Gov. Eliot Spitzer said $1.5 million has been included in the $120 billion executive budget proposal  ‘to promote and expand access to the vaccine’ for low-income teens and women. Anderson said the governor hopes vaccine-access funds will be part of a multi-year project. If approved, the money would provide the vaccine to an estimated 4,000 teens and women a year.” [Newsday, “Push For Mandatory Cervical Cancer Vaccine In NY,” 2/11/07]

Spitzer’s Budget Increased Funding For The Breast Cancer Detection And Education Program. “Gov. Eliot Spitzer announced $18 million in amendments to the 2007-2008 Executive Budget today, shaving $14 million off the $53.3 billion general fund, and increasing the total size of the $120.6 billion budget by $2 million…[Amendments include a] $900,000 increase in funding to the Breast Cancer Detection and Education Program.” [Legislative Gazette, “Spitzer’s Budget Amendments Benefit Several Programs,” 2/26/07]

SPITZER SIGNED AN EXECUTIVE ORDER TO PROMOTE OPPORTUNITIES FOR WOMEN AND MINORITY OWNED BUSINESSES IN NEW YORK

Spitzer Signed An Executive Order Creating A Council And Corporate Roundtable To Promote Minority And Women-Owned Businesses In New York. “Governor Eliot Spitzer today signed an executive order creating an Executive Leadership Council and Corporate Roundtable to promote opportunities for Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprises (MWBE). Lieutenant Governor David A. Paterson will chair both the Council and the Roundtable. The MWBE Executive Leadership Council will seek to improve the participation of MWBE businesses in the state’s procurement process through recommendations made by executives in state agencies and public authorities that award business contracts to the private sector.  The MWBE Corporate Roundtable will seek to do the same through recommendations made by corporate executives in the private sector.” [Spitzer Press Release, “Governor Eliot Spitzer Signs Executive Order To Benefit Women And Minority Owned Business Enterprises,” 2/18/07]

Spitzer’s Order Brought Together State Agency And Corporate Leaders To Boost Women And Minority Businesses. “Spitzer said during his 2007 State of the State address that using more minority and women contractors for state contracts is one of his goals. In February, Spitzer signed an executive order creating an Executive Leadership Council to bring together representatives of 16 state agencies to devise ways to promote participation by women and minority businesspeople. Spitzer also created an MWBE Corporate Roundtable of companies that do significant contracting with the state. The executives will help women- and minority-owned businesses to navigate bidding rules, set goals for MWBE participation and help train state procurement officers in the program.” [Albany Business Review, “Spitzer: More Public Contracts For Minorities And Women,” 3/5/07]

WNYC: Under The Spitzer Administration, Minority And Women Owned Businesses “[Have] Become A Major Priority.” “The city and state granted billions of dollars in contracts in the past decade as unprecedented building and development took off. Left out of much of that boom, however, were minority and women owned businesses because of city and state initiatives to aid them were shunted. But under Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the new Spitzer administration, they’ve become a major priority.”  [WNYC, “Once Ignored, Minority And Women-Owned Businesses See Boom,” 7/11/07]

AS GOVERNOR, SPITZER PUSHED FOR A FAMILY LEAVE PLAN TO HELP WORKING NEW YORKERS CARE FOR THEIR FAMILIES WHILE MAINTAINING ECONOMIC SECURITY

Spitzer Pushed For A Paid Leave Plan That Would Give New York Workers 12 Weeks A Year In Paid Leave To Care For Newborn Children And Seriously Ill Family Members. “Gov. Eliot Spitzer is pushing behind the scenes to win legislative backing for a plan that would give workers several weeks of paid leave to care for newborn children or seriously ill family members. Under the plan — which would make New York one of three states to provide paid family leave — workers could take up to 12 weeks per year off, with a maximum benefit of $170 a week. Mr. Spitzer’s plan would be more expansive than the paid leave in Washington State, which is limited to caring for newborns and newly adopted children, and in California, which covers workers caring for a seriously ill child, parent, spouse or domestic partner. Mr. Spitzer’s plan would also cover workers who take off to care for grandchildren, foster parents and parents-in-law.” [New York Times, “Spitzer Pushes Paid Leave Plan For Workers,” 6/2/07]

·         Spitzer’s Plan Was More Generous Than The Federal Family And Medical Leave Act, Which Gave 12 Unpaid Weeks Of Leave. “Mr. Spitzer’s plan would be far more generous than the federal Family and Medical Leave Act, which gives covered workers 12 unpaid weeks of leave to care for seriously ill family members or the birth or adoption of a child and guarantees them the right to return to the same jobs.” [New York Times, “Spitzer Pushes Paid Leave Plan For Workers,” 6/2/07]

NYDN Columnist Bill Hammond: Spitzer’s Paid Family Leave Plan Would Move New York “To The Cutting Edge Of Family-Friendly States.” “Federal law gives most workers a right to 12 weeks of unpaid leave when a baby arrives or when a close family member gets seriously ill. But that law doesn’t help pay the rent or put food on the table. This is why the Working Families Time to Care Act is an idea whose time has come. Under the labor-backed proposal - as improved by Gov. Spitzer - people staying home to cope with family emergencies could collect disability benefits equal to half their pay, or up to $170 a week, for as many as 12 weeks…If the proposal becomes law - as seems likely - New York would move to the cutting edge of family-friendly states.” [New York Daily News Op-Ed, “He’s A Family Man,” 5/22/07]

·         Hammond: Spitzer’s Plan Was A Business-Friendly Social Insurance Model, “Asking Folks Around The Office To Chip In.” “Business leaders also should thank Spitzer for shielding them from the cost of the program. As originally proposed by the Working Families Party and the AFL-CIO, the bill called for employers to eat the higher premiums. Spitzer rejected that approach and went with a social insurance model. That was the right thing for the governor to do. Businesses don’t need another reason to avoid New York. And lawmakers who think the benefits are too skimpy won’t be so tempted to give away the store if they know they’re hitting every single working man and woman in the pocketbook. Instead, Spitzer is essentially asking folks around the office to chip in for the woman who’s about to have a baby, or the guy whose father just had a stroke.” [New York Daily News Op-Ed, “He’s A Family Man,” 5/22/07]

Spitzer Again Called On Legislators To Enact The Paid Family Leave Plan In His 2008 State Of The State Address, Saying New Yorkers Shouldn’t Have To Choose Between Economic Security And Caring For Family.  “Not every aspect of Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s State of the State address this week looked ahead to new initaitives[sic]. Spitzer called on legislators several times to look back at 2007 issues that haven’t been resolved. He called on them to enact a paid family leave mandate for all New York businesses—an idea strongly opposed by business interests…’It is unfair to ask hard-working New Yorkers to choose between economic security and caring for a loved family member,’ Spitzer said in his speech on Wednesday, paraphrasing the way many supporters frame the issue.” [The Business Review, “State Of The State: Spitzer Calls For Action On Leftover ‘07 Initiatives,” 1/11/08]

AS GOVERNOR, SPITZER PASSED HISTORIC FUNDING FOR NEW YORK CITY SCHOOLS

Spitzer’s Enacted Budget Increased Education Aid By $1.76 Billion. “Governor Eliot Spitzer said today that the enacted state budget provides an historic level of investment in schools through a new aid formula based on need, while implementing new accountability measures and expanding the number of charter schools. ‘There has never been a better budget for education,” Spitzer said. “We are providing ample resources, targeting them where they are needed most and insisting on accountability.’ The budget provides an unprecedented increase of $1.76 billion in education aid.” [Spitzer Press Release, “Schools To Receive Historic Investment Of Resources,” 4/1/07]

·         The Enacted 2007-2008 Budget Increased Annual State Aid To New York City School District By $712M, Or 10.5% [New York State Division Of The Budget: 2007-2008 State Aid Budgets]

New York Sun: Spitzer’s Increase In New Education Spending Was “By Far The Largest Increase In Education Money In The State’s History.” “Mr. Spitzer said he and lawmakers agreed to add $500 million to his proposed $1.4 billion in new education spending, clearing the way for by far the largest increase in education money in the state’s history. The new money will significantly reduce the number of school districts in the state that were to receive a minimum increase of 3%, bringing in more money to wealthier long island districts, addressing a key demand made by Senate Republicans.” [New York Sun, “Spitzer Bruised But Unbowed In Budget Deal, 3/28/07]

New York Times: The Enacted Budget Began To Fix An Unjust System, And “New York City Schools Did Well, And Will Do Better In Coming Years.” “Mr. Spitzer and the legislature have clearly not removed all the fiddling from the budget process. You can be sure that Westchester lawmakers will fight fiercely to adjust things to their benefit, as they have every right to do. But the bottom line for this year: Westchester made out O.K. Long Island did better than O.K. The New York City schools did well, and will do better in coming years, and so the rigged process that unfairly brought wheelbarrows of cash to long island over the years will not be sustainable. The process of adjusting an unjust system is far from over. But at least it has begun.” [New York Times Editorial, “Fixing The School Aid Formula,” 4/8/07]

Eliot’s Debate Victory

Memorandum RE: Eliot’s Debate Victory

To: Interested Parties

From: Spitzer 2013 Communications

Date: August 22, 2013

In tonight’s debate, Scott Stringer couldn’t defend his role in enabling a third term for Mayor Bloomberg that led to ideas like fingerprinting NYCHA residents and a rushed Midtown East rezoning plan, as well as results like falling test scores. And in so doing, he proved himself to be a creature of the establishment who is unwilling to stand up to powerful interests on behalf of the people of New York.

Stringer claimed that he fought to stop Bloomberg’s third term. The facts tell a different story: he actively testified for a third term, saying that 12 years is better than 8. And he didn’t even endorse Bill Thompson until three weeks before election day.

Much as in the last two debates, Stringer continued to show that his campaign is in a state of free fall. He continued to repeat debunked attacks, like the money laundering lie, and even attacked Eliot’s family foundation, which has contributed over $30 million to causes and institutions including City College of New York, the American Museum of Natural History, and Parkinson’s research. 

In contrast, Eliot continued to show why he’s uniquely qualified to be the city’s next comptroller.  Eliot was able to point to a proven record of taking on powerful interests to do what’s right for New York City’s working families. 

FACT CHECK: Stringer Attacking Charitable Foundation that’s Contributed to New York City Institutions, Medical Research

New York, NY—Scott Stringer just attacked Eliot’s family foundation, which has given over $30 million to a variety of New York City causes and institutions, including City College of New York, the American Museum of Natural History, and Parkinson’s research. 

Here are the facts:

Spitzer’s Family Trust, Which Doesn’t Oversee Family Money Not Earmarked For Charity, Has Pledged Over $30 Million To New York City Institutions. “The trust does not oversee the Spitzer family money not earmarked for charity. Since its inception, the family trust has donated more than $30 million to arts and education organizations across the city: it has pledged $25 million to City College of New York; given $8 million to the American Museum of Natural History; and put about $2 million toward keeping the performances of Shakespeare in the Park free.” [New York Times, Family Trust Offers Possible Clues to How Spitzer Would Invest City’s Funds,” 8/21/13]

Ø  “Last Year, Mr. Spitzer Paid A Personal Income Tax Rate Of 49 Percent, A Relatively High Figure.” [New York Times, Family Trust Offers Possible Clues to How Spitzer Would Invest City’s Funds,” 8/21/13]

Spitzer’s Family Trust Gave To Causes Included Shakespeare In The Park, The American Museum Of Natural History And Stem-Cell Research. “The Bernard and Anne Spitzer Charitable Trust, founded by the parents of the former New York governor Eliot Spitzer, have given $4 million to the Public Theater. The money will go toward the theater’s free Shakespeare in the Park productions as well its capital campaign to revitalize its downtown home at Astor Place, a $40 million renovation of the building that houses five theaters and Joe’s Pub and is nearing completion. The gift, which was announced on Wednesday night by the theater’s executive director, Patrick Willingham, is the Spitzers’ first donation to the theater. Over the years their trust has supported a variety of projects including the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture at City College, the Hall of Human Origins at the American Museum of Natural History and a stem-cell research project at Columbia University.” [New York Times, “Spitzers Give $4 Million To the Public Theater,” 8/3/12]

The Spitzer Family Trust Gave Over $1,000,000 To The Michael J. Fox Foundation For Parkinson’s Research. [Michael J. Fox Foundation 2008 Report]

FACT CHECK: Community Board “Disappointed” in Stringer Development Decisions

New York, NY—Scott Stringer just said that he works with community boards in making decisions about development projects.  Here’s what Midtown Community  Board 5 said about Stringer’s support for Mayor Bloomberg’s Midtown East Redevelopment Plan:

 

"We’re profoundly disappointed." “We’re profoundly disappointed that Borough President Stringer in his recommendation did not secure answers to any of these critical questions,” they wrote in a press release issued this afternoon, along with a list of questions about the plan. “What improvements are being proposed to the transit system in and around Grand Central Terminal?” they asked. “What assurances do we have that the next administration will be obligated to follow this administration’s promises?”

http://observer.com/2013/08/upfront-transit-money-sways-scott-stringer-on-midtown-east-rezoning/

FACT CHECK: Stringer Still Shows No Understanding of How Budgets Work

 

New York, NY—Scott Stringer continued to show a troubling lack of understanding of numbers and budgets by continuing to make the erroneous claim that Eliot racked up a $23 billion deficit.

STRINGER FALSELY CLAIMED SPITZER RACKED UP A $23 BILLION BUDGET DEFICIT

STRINGER: And that’s why when you left office you left this state with a $23 billion dollar budget deficit. [City Comptroller Debate, 8/9/13]

THE REALITY IS STRINGER DOESN’T OR WON’T UNDERSTAND HOW BUDGETS WORK

Stringer Dishonestly Tried To Pin Three Years Of Projected Deficits On Spitzer

Stringer’s Press Secretary Audrey Gelman Previously Claimed Spitzer Left Behind A $23B Budget Deficit.  “Spitzer on his $23B budget deficit: ‘I don’t know where he got that number.’ Here’s where! FY08-09 Enacted Budget http://goo.gl/LIHNHa [Twitter, 8/2/13]

  • Gelman Linked To A Budget Report That Forecast A Deficit Of $23.4 Billion From State FY2009 Through FY2012. “The Executive’s Proposed Budget projected current services gaps of $6.2 billion in SFY 2009-10, $7.7 billion in SFY 2010-11 and $9.5 billion in SFY 2011-12. [New York State Comptroller, “State Fiscal Year 2008-09 Enacted Budget Preliminary Overview, April 2008]

Stringer Web Ad Claimed The “Spitzer Budgets” Left “Projected Deficits Of $23 Billion.” “The Spitzer budgets were a fiscal disaster. Projected deficits of $23billion.  And skyrocketing debt.” [Stringer Web Ad, 7/31/13]

Spitzer’s 2008 Budget Attempted To Close A Much Smaller Deficit In The Middle Of The Great Recession

Spitzer’s Proposed 2008 Budget Attempted To Close A $4.4 Billion Budget Deficit Amid “Gloomy Economic Fears In The United States.” “Gov. Eliot Spitzer on Tuesdayproposed an array of taxes and fees and almost $1 billion in health care cuts, and scaled back plans for new education aid and property tax relief, in an effort to close a budget deficit estimated at $4.4 billion. The governor’s $124.3 billion budget plan also called for an expansion of gambling to raise $250 million by installing thousands of video slot machines at Belmont Park. The governor’s budget was unveiled as the Federal Reserve cut interest rates significantly to address increasingly gloomy economic fears in the United States, which sent global markets plummeting this week.” [New York Times, “Spitzer Plans Cuts And Fees To Close Deficit Of $4.4 Billion,” 1/23/08]

Spitzer’s 2007 Budget Won Praise For Its Reform “Aiming This Huge Battleship In The Right Direction”

New York Times: Spitzer’s First Budget “Won Important And Fundamental Changes In The Way The State Operates.” “Mr. Spitzer made some compromises, but in exchange he won important and fundamental changes in the way the state operates. New Yorkers who yearn for a government that works more for its citizens than for the stale, political subculture in Albany should soon be able to recognize that Mr. Spitzer has gotten off to a good start.” [New York Times, “A Better New York Budget,” 4/3/07]

  • New York Times: “The Governor’s First Budget Offers Some Assurance To New Yorkers That He Is Aiming This Huge Battleship In The Right Direction.”“Mr. Spitzer did not get everything he wanted, and this 2,000-page budget may yet hold unpleasant surprises. But over all, the governor’s first budget offers some assurance to New Yorkers that he is aiming this huge battleship in the right direction.” [New York Times, “A Better New York Budget,” 4/3/07]

New York Times: “Spitzer Has Fearlessly Taken On Two Of The Most Thankless Jobs In New York State Government: Reining In Health Care Spending And Fixing The Education Financing Formula.” “Gov. Eliot Spitzer has fearlessly taken on two of the most thankless jobs in New York State government: reining in health care spending and fixing the education financing formula. Anybody who has watched television recently knows why politicians are reluctant to try to make health care spending more rational. The health care workers’ union has spent millions of dollars on commercials accusing Mr. Spitzer of being heartless and unwise. Meanwhile in Albany, Republican state senators have declared war over Mr. Spitzer’s proposals on how education dollars get spent.” [New York Times Editorial, “Mr. Spitzer’s Budget Deals,” 3/24/07]

FACT CHECK: Stringer Supported Overturning Term Limits for Mayor Bloomberg

 

New York, NY—Scott Stringer just said he fought Bloomberg’s third term. Here’s the truth: Stringer advocated for lifting the term limits for Mayor Bloomberg.

The Facts:

STRINGER PAVED THE WAY FOR BLOOMBERG’S THIRD TERM

Stringer Testified In Favor Of Overhauling Term Limits To Allow Mayor Bloomberg’s Third Run For Office: “By Any Measure, 12 Is Better.” “Four years ago Tuesday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the City Council, led by speaker Christine Quinn, overturned term limits, allowing Bloomberg to run for a third term…In fact, only two from the existing slate of probable 2013 mayoral candidates supported the overhaul: Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, who testified that politicians need more years in office to be effective, and ‘By any measure, 12 is better.’” [Capital New York, “Betting That Voters Will Still Care About Christine Quinn’s Term Limits Deal In 2013,” 10/25/12]

 

Stringer: Three Terms Were Better Than Two Because “You Spend Time Learning The Ropes” In The First Two Terms. “Speaking in favor of the term limit extension, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer said that three terms are better than two.  ‘With a two-term limit you arrive in office and spend time learning the ropes,’ he said, adding, ‘Your time to do big things for the people who elected you is so short, it’s almost over before it begins.’  Referring to [Ron] Lauder, Stringer said, ‘Back in the 1990s, we let a billionaire hijack the electoral process and we’ve been paying for it ever since.’” [The Villager, “Take It To The Limit 1 More Time? Term Turmoil At Council Hearings,” 10/22-10/28, 2008]

 

FACT CHECK: NYT, NY Post, Others Have Exposed Stringer’s Money Laundering Claim as False

 

New York, NY-Scott Stringer just repeated his false claim that Eliot engaged in money laundering. This line of attack has been debunked by legal experts, the New York Times, the New York Post, and NY1. 

That Stringer continues to use this false attack speaks volumes about the desperation of his campaign.

SCOTT STRINGER HAS REPEATED FALSE CHARGES OF MONEY LAUNDERING OVER AND OVER

“What he did was resign because there was a federal investigation coming his way. They were gonna charge him with prostitution and they were gonna charge him with money laundering.” [City Comptroller Debate, 8/9/13]

“You engaged in money laundering.” [City Comptroller Debate, 8/9/13]

“I don’t think that it’s right that the person who runs for this office should be somebody who has engaged in money laundering.” [City Comptroller Debate 8/12/13]

“And I don’t think that its right that the person who runs for this office should be somebody who has engaged in money laundering.” [City Comptroller Debate 8/12/13]

“And in every job that he’s had in government, he has engaged in money laundering, illegal wire transfers.” [City Comptroller Debate 8/12/13]

“You left because you were under federal investigation because you laundered money. And that’s the truth.” [City Comptroller Debate 8/12/13]

“So Eliot, if you were the chairman of a large company, and you hired a CEO and they engaged in money laundering, illegal wiring of funds to shell corporations, and if the CEO was under federal investigation, criminal investigation, and that CEO was fired, would you hire that CEO again?”  [City Comptroller Debate 8/12/13]

“I’ve raised the fact that while he was attorney general and governor, he engaged in illegal activity, money laundering.” [City and State Interview, 8/15/13]

STRINGER SURROGATES HAVE PARROTED THE FALSE MONEY LAUNDERING CHARGE

Stringer Press Secretary Audrey Gelman Accused Spitzer Of Money Laundering. “Hey Eliot? Would you re-hire CEO who engaged in money laundering, illegal wiring to shell companies, who was under criminal investigation?” [Twitter, 8/12/13]

Stringer Ally Jerry Nadler: “[Spitzer] Did Violate The Money Laundering Statutes.”“Congressman Jerry Nadler, a long-time ally of comptroller hopeful Scott Stringer, ripped into Mr. Stinger’s high-profile rival today after watching the two candidates slug it out on television last night…‘And he did violate the money laundering statutes. When you’re the governor and former attorney general, you should know better than that. It shows a lack of regard for the law,’ he said.” [Politicker, “Jerry Nadler Tears Into Eliot Spitzer on Scott Stringer’s Behalf,” 8/13/13]

STRINGER’S MONEY LAUNDERING CLAIMS AGAINST SPITZER WEREN’T BACKED UP BY THE FACTS

In City Comptroller Debate, Eliot Spitzer Reminded Stringer “You Are Throwing Terms Around Which You Do Not Understand.” [City Comptroller Debate 8/12/13]

New York Times Headline: “Law Doesn’t Back Stringer’s Claim of ‘Money Laundering’ by Spitzer.” [New York Times, 8/18/13]

NY1 Headline: “Stringer Backs Away From Claims That Spitzer Laundered Money.”[NY1, 8/19/13]

New York Post: “Maybe ‘Money Laundering’ Isn’t The Right Legal Term.” [New York Post, “Accounting For Eliot,” 8/20/13]

State Of Politics: After First Promising To Focus On The Issues, Stringer Leveled False Accusations Of Money Laundering At Spitzer. “What’s going on here? Everyone is in a panic, that’s what. And after promising repeatedly to keep the race focused on issues and not get down in the mud to defeat Spitzer, the Stringer campaign seems to be taking a new tack. In the most recent NY1 debate, Stringer repeatedly accused Spitzer of money laundering…But a solid piece of reporting in today’s Times by Kate Taylor pretty much debunks that.” [State of Politics Blog, Spitzer-Stringer Part Deux, 8/20/13]

·         A Panicking Stringer Campaign “Devolved” Into Money Laundering Attacks That Backfired. “Stringer swore off bringing up the circumstances leading to Spitzer’s resignation. But somewhere along the way, Stringer changed his tactics. And when that change devolved into a charge of money laundering, it appears to have backfired. The truth is, panic rarely leads to clear thinking or good ideas.” [State of Politics Blog, Spitzer-Stringer Part Deux, 8/20/13]