To start with: Governor Andrew Cuomo has hardly been "decommissioned" by any of what Jerry Kassar was saying this week about the Moreland Commission story in the Times last week
Maybe, Kassar thinks he can get close in behind the New York Times and catch the draft of its blockbuster expose of Governor Cuomo's "interference" with the Moreland Commission
More likely, Marty Golden's Chief of Staff is trying to finesse the facts surrounding his boss, State Senator Golden's, and the State Senate Republican Caucus' negative involvement with the Moreland Commission
Here's how Kassar tells it in the lead section of his weekly column in the Home Reporter: "Governor Cuomo creates a commission to investigate government corruption that he claims is independent, but in his view has no authority to investigate most of the government. He then has his closest aide interfere when his appointed panel of district attorneys running the commission begins to follow trails that lead back to him. Throw in a little violence and you have the makings of an episode of 'House of Cards.' *** The story line gets better. The commission apparently was only formed to intimidate the legislature with the intent of causing members to do what Cuomo wanted on some potential high profile pieces of legislation. *** Once again, the commission members -- most of whom were sworn law enforcement officials -- were not aware that they were simply being used for this purpose until the governor’s chief aide Larry Schwartz began to issue instructions through a commission executive director who was reporting back to the governor’s office on a daily basis. So much for independence...." (See ""Common Sense: Cuomo decommissioned" by Jerry Kassar, 7/28/14, Home Reporter/ Spectator [http://www.homereporternews.com/news/government/common-sense-cuomo-decommissioned/article_9747a8f2-16ca-11e4-b075-0019bb2963f4.html]). So far so good, right ? Maybe, not so much !
No mention of Golden's open expression of hostility to every aspect of Cuomo's Moreland Commission from the beginning
Nowhere in his column does Mr. Kassar indicate to his readers that his employer, State Senator Martin J. Golden was unalterably opposed to the Moreland Commission's mandate to look into government corruption, including a close look at the NYS Legislature, Assembly and Senate. Nor does Kassar mention that Golden's GOP State Senate caucus went to court to fight Moreland Commission's subpoenas of various materials from GOP State Senators. And Kassar conveniently does not mention that the very same interests whose investigation by the Moreland Commission caused some of the most intense reaction from the Governor and his top lieutenant Larry Schwartz were the same or closely related interests to those that have had interactions with Kassar's own boss, State Senator Golden, over the years.