Governor Cuomo has failed as a leader by refusing to challenge Speaker Silver. Cuomo claims that its not his place to say whether or not Silver should remain as Speaker. Cuomo is wrong. He is the governor and the leader of his states political party. In those roles, it is his place to demand reform. Its his job. Its his responsibility. He cant walk away from it.
Clearly, Silver holds all of the real power in Albany if the governor is unable to challenge him. We will never reform Albany if Cuomo doesnt have the courage to stand up to Silver. Silver stands in the way of reform. Silver even blocked a bill in committee that would have taken pensions away from politicians convicted of felonies. He has to go.
Cuomo needs to take a stand. He cant pass real reform legislation with Silver at the helm. He cant claim to support womens rights and stand by Silver. Silver has tolerated corruption for years. He tolerated and covered for Vito Lopezs misogynistic harassment. The first step Cuomo needs to take for political reform and womens rights is to call for Silvers resignation. If he doesnt, he is either a hypocrite or lacks the political power to do it. Neither possibility speaks well of the governors leadership.
If Cuomo refuses to act, the Assembly majority need to remove Silver. Almost all of the Assembly majority voted for Silver as Speaker in January, justifying their votes by saying that the investigations were not finished. The investigations are now complete. We know Silver enabled Lopez. Cuomo should demand that Silver be removed and the Assembly majority needs to do it.