Peas in a pod – Malloy ally Cuomo appoints Finch to run New York Thruway system
In a move that would make the likes of Donald Trump, or any other example of the Peter Principle proud, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has appointed defeated Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch to run the $2 billion a year New York Thruway system
Finch, who as mayor of Bridgeport undermined Bridgeport’s public schools, supported and defended education reformer extraordinaire Paul Vallas, handed tens of millions of dollars in public funds to the charter school industry and used his power for personal gain, has landed nicely on his feet, after getting thrown out of office by Bridgeport voters. Earlier this week, Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo handed Finch a $175,000 high-profile political appointment.
“Finch didn’t leave office in Bridgeport on the best of terms, approving $2.5 million in retroactive raises for himself, city supervisors and political appointees that Ganim has said contributed to a $20 million budget deficit.” CT Post (6-15-16)“That’s insane. I’m lost for words. He’s never exhibited any kind of positive managerial ability. He nearly bankrupted us completely — a city in shambles.” Enrique “Rick” Torres, a former City Council member who ran unsuccessfully for mayor last year. (As quoted in the CT Post)
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo nominated Finch on Monday to lead theNew York State Thruway Authority and Canal Corp., a surprise choicePeas in a pod - Malloy ally Cuomo appoints Finch to run New York Thruway system - Wait What?: