Cuomo: One Law For You, One Law For Them

If New York Governor Andy Cuomo has a therapist, it has to be a really hard gig, as the split in his progressive personality keep revealing itself as he runs for re-election.  On the one hand, he’s desperately courting the campus feminist vote by doubling down on his Enough Is Enough law. On the other, how can he not include our “Community Heroes” in the hate crimes law?

Enough is enough? You bet.

“As Governor of New York, but even more so as a father, the safety of New York’s students is my top priority,” Cuomo said in a news release. “New York led the nation by signing into law the strongest policy to combat sexual assault on college campuses, and now we are ensuring every university fully meets their obligations under that law. We must take every measure to protect our students from harm, and we will accept nothing less from our state’s colleges and universities. Enough is enough.”

Andy is a father. Of two college-age girls. What kind of father wouldn’t take care of his own kids and fry the others to make their world just a little more wonderful? But with an election coming, he has to remind his progressive base how much of a feminist ally he is, and you can’t keep re-enacting the same law, so you need to come up with some other way to spend money, even if there isn’t enough to fulfill constitutional mandates that won’t buy him feminist love.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered a statewide review and inspection Wednesday of New York colleges and universities’ compliance with the 2015 Enough is Enough law that aims to protect students from sexual assault, stalking and domestic violence.

The review will apply to both public and private institutions in the state, and will be conducted by representatives from State Police, Division of Criminal Justice Services, Department of Health, Office of Victims Services, Division of Human Rights and the State Education Department. The agencies will evaluate whether colleges are complying with the law’s requirements that they adopt procedures for investigating sexual assaults, training students and staff, and notifying students of their rights.

Is there an outcry that colleges and universities are hotbeds of rape culture, the patriarchy funneling booze and roofies to valedictorian fraternity jocks who then rape with abandon? Well, sure there is. No matter how deeply concerned schools are for the “survivors,” there will be unsatisfied co-eds. Not that Andy is unsensitive to their peculiar demands:

Offering general, and specific training on domestic violence, dating  violence, stalking and sexual assault prevention to all students, and provide specialized training to targeted at-risk subgroups;

Then again, at least he hasn’t (yet) required judges to go through this training as well, as is now happening in Canada. So what’s wrong with stopping rape on campus? Nothing, provided it’s rape and the accused is afforded due process rights before being tainted in perpetuity.

…and notification on a student’s permanent transcript found responsible for an assault.

After all, you can’t have a person “found responsible” roaming freely to stare rape again.

But votes are one thing. A candidate for high office can’t get there without money, and college girls don’t pay the bills, so Republican State Senator Fred Akshar tendered a bill that received the Senate’s blessing, the Community Heroes Protection Act.

Because good ideas are rare but bad ideas eternal, the New York State Senate has just given its blessing to a stupid bill aimed at protecting people armed with guns, power, the weight of the law, and numerous immunity options. The “justification” for New York’s addition of cops and first responders to the state’s hate crime law is this:

There has been an increase in mortality rates of law enforcement officers, firefighters, corrections officers and emergency medical services personnel, within the past decade. In a report by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund in 2014, statistics showed that approximately “126 federal, state, local, tribal and territorial officers died in the line of duty” which exhibited an increase in comparison to 2012 and 2013. The increase in the death toll has been in part, due to offenses intentionally aimed to harm first responders.

Lest it be unclear, crimes against police and firefighters, not to mention subway conductors, are already subject to enhanced penalties, because they are so loved and vulnerable. But that hate law, so strongly desired by SJWs because a sentence of life plus cancer wasn’t enough without an extra tongue-lashing about how it felt to be murdered changed everything, was ripe for the picking by our “community heroes.”

See what they did there? Blue lives matter too, right? Who comes when you’re the victim of a crime? You wouldn’t want them to be too sad to protect and serve, would you? Then they might be too afraid to effectively do their job and may shoot and kill first, even when the only threat they feel is in their vivid imagination. Would you want to be responsible for that?

Will Andy Cuomo come out against the “community heroes” who have usurped hate crime laws to soothe the feelings of the vulnerable? Will he veto the law as he did indigent defense? There’s an election coming up, kidz, and as much as Andy wants the votes of the scared college girls, he wants police union money even more. And that’s how laws happen.

11 thoughts on “Cuomo: One Law For You, One Law For Them

  1. Keith

    “There has been an increase in mortality rates of law enforcement officers, firefighters, corrections officers and emergency medical services personnel, within the past decade.”

    Oh my… no one has told me that murders and assaults on cops was up. We should, as a society be looking into this.

    Question though, why does it say, “mortality rates” instead of murders and assaults, since I know cops love the dramatic?

    Could it be that they aren’t getting hurt in record numbers and this is bullshit masquerading as a reason to throw money at a made up problem?

    In a report by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund in 2014, statistics showed that approximately “126 federal, state, local, tribal and territorial officers died in the line of duty” which exhibited an increase in comparison to 2012 and 2013.

    Let’s look at that site. Here’s the trend-line graph. Notice anything?

    And via National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund: “Eighteen officers died from other causes in 2016, including 11 who died from job-related illnesses—mostly heart attacks—while performing their duties. Also included among that number are two officers who died of an illness contracted as a result of rescue and recovery work following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Also, three officers were beaten to death, one officer died from a fall, one officer drowned, one officer was stabbed, and one officer died in an aircraft crash.”

      1. Keith

        How many heart attacks must they suffer until you and Andy step in to do something? Maybe you want to make the argument that such praiseworthy individuals should be able to decide for themselves whether that donut is safe. But we know better. We need to look out for our first responders. No donut – it’s for your own good.

  2. Lex

    Sadly, the bill ignores the most important (and preventable) reason deaths of current and former first responders has been increasing: Suicide.
    I’m also honestly surprised tow truck drivers weren’t lumped in. I thought they had more pull.

    1. SHG Post author

      It’s kinda hard to charge suicide as a hate crime. Or any crime. Because they’re dead.

      Although a self-loathing attempt might work.

  3. Jim Ryan

    Why even bother critiquing Cuomo? He is and always has been his own explanation. So the reason for any kind of Idiocracy?
    Well, Cuomo…

  4. Alurkalot

    Can these reasonably be construed as Andy’s tacit admissions that he has failed as a father to provide his offspring with the tools and guidance needed to function as adults in adult society, and that he has no idea how to combat crime and build community relationships with the first responders who work among those communities? Or did I miss the Kool-aid (TM) chalice on its last pass around the drum circle campfire?

    1. SHG Post author

      One’s parenting skills are not necessarily correlated with one’s politicking skills. He learned the latter from his father, Mario.

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