Let us dedicate April 1, 2020 to “Politicians Fooled Us Day.”

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In a lame effort to show New York’s tough response to widespread corruption in state government, Governor Andrew Cuomo appointed experts to his Moreland Commission on Public Corruption. Less than year later, after citizen testimony was exposing criminal activity among the state’s legislative leaders and even his top aid, Cuomo quickly disbanded his commission after only a few public hearings. One of those who testified, federal prosecutor Preet Bharara, was outraged by the cover-up and seized commission files leading to the conviction and imprisonment of these leaders and aid. Teflon Andy moved on unscathed. Dr. Leon Koziol was among those invited to testify at Pace University in Manhattan to expose corruption in our judicial branch of government. Within months of that testimony, he was publicly vilified and denied access to his children and law practice. This can be compared Dr. Li Wenliang at the epicenter of China’s coronavirus crisis who was discredited and threatened with imprisonment by the government there after blowing the whistle on a world impacting cover-up. He later died from the virus.

Unless you live on Mars, perhaps a safer place to live these days, you must have concluded by now that our politicians fooled us again, this time beyond anything we thought possible.

They hoarded wealth, publicity and the good life while their subjects were hoarding toilet paper. Shamelessly they left their constituents wholly unprepared for this coronavirus pandemic.

Now there are certainly hoards of us who follow the rules, we live a moral lifestyle and are genuinely concerned for our families and neighbors. We work hard to live up to our work ethic, and that’s precisely what the politicians are relying upon to bail them out.

Whether you are a medical provider, public safety officer, front line military or food provider, our fearless leaders (none visiting an overloaded hospital) are now busy drawing attention away from their reckless handling of this crisis long before it got here.

It may all sound very convincing as New York Governor Andrew Cuomo exploits every report to spread fear across America en route to the presidency. Duped by his oratory, the public is quick to forget how only two weeks earlier, he was touting New York as the world’s welcoming city while delaying containment measures.

Only days ago, even after that city became America’s epicenter, he was still opposing the president’s call for a quarantine. Now, after federal relief facilities limited services to non-coronavirus patients, and after destination states issued quarantine orders against New Yorkers, Andrew Cuomo is resorting to upstate New York. Albany Medical Center is already receiving untold numbers of epicenter patients.

Roughly 90% of New York upstate consists of non-urban land area. Until recently there were few infections, none in the northern Adirondack region. Politically weak, it is now being exploited as an undeserved destination spot, not only to contagious persons and released inmates but also infected patients.

Andrew Cuomo’s main expertise is not epidemiology, it is political oratory. He is now targeting unsuspecting residents to work together while acting contrary to everything we know about this virus. The unanimous goal of infectious disease experts is to contain the spread where found. But the great orator is rushing it to remote communities without touching a single patient, transporter or health provider exposed at the front lines of his dictates.

America’s true national leaders in Congress are content to let the orator do his thing because that draws attention away from their own “fool’s day” follies. Only weeks prior to an explosion of coronavirus infections, members of Congress were pulling out of the stock market using insider information. They profited in the millions with no concern for those they were elected to serve, now forced to absorb the losses.

When called to task under public pressure, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer stated that he was opening an ethics probe into all this (about as effective as his costly impeachment strategy). One of those to be investigated replied with great confidence that no wrong was committed because he helped write the ethics laws (and therefore knew how to get around it).

Now in light of that and more, how can you trust anything coming from such politicians while you are left with the horrific burden of survival and paying back a record $2 trillion dollar rescue package that serves the pork barrel special interests of liberals and the corporate bail-outs of rich tycoons?

Let’s show these politicians that we’ve had enough. Get yourself on the moral side of this pandemic. Sign the petition to protect against coronavirus spread from America’s epicenter (hit link below) and get on the internet to recruit millions more.

Petition Link:    http://chng.it/wLdrdxrwTY

 

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Senator Chuck Schumer & Leon Koziol

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Join Petition to Protect Upstate New York From Coronavirus Epicenter

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Does this look like Upstate New York?

By Dr. Leon Koziol

Parenting Rights Institute

PETITION: (sign with link below)

New York City Metropolitan area is now the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States with infections exceeding 30,000 as of March 30, 2020. It is nearly half the nation’s total and occurred almost entirely within the dense urban center in less than four weeks. Another 253 deaths were cited in a single day. 

In an effort to prevent viral spread, other states have ordered inspections and quarantine for all persons arriving from New York State. In contrast, an in-state quarantine to protect mostly rural upstate residents was opposed by the state’s governor despite a conflict of interest between two entirely distinct regions.

Exacerbating this crisis, violent criminals are being released from Rikers Island and other downstate prisons. They are prone to head upstate along with those who can afford temporary residences there. Hospitals, infrastructure and law enforcement are not equipped to handle the sudden mass exodus while the people are placed at high risk of infection, death and overloaded facilities.

Be it therefore resolved, that the undersigned hereby request that our president and New York governor take immediate action to protect upstate residents north of Westchester County, including, but not limited to, the following:

1)  A travel ban to be enforced at toll booths and random locations using protocols already in place for vehicle inspections and sobriety checkpoints;

2)  A restriction on the transfer of infected patients to upstate facilities to safeguard a largely uninfected population and to prevent a second wave of infections in the epicenter when they return;

3)  Bracelet monitors on all released inmates to assure their compliance with the travel ban;

4)  Monitoring and mandates upon those arriving upstate to self-quarantine for a minimum of 14 days;

5)  Employment of the National Guard to assist enforcement measures.

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Corona Chronicles V: We did not elect Andrew Cuomo to bring virus and death to upstate New York

 

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Dr. Leon Koziol testfies before Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Moreland Commission on Public Corruption in 2013. That Commission was prematurely disbanded by Cuomo when presenters began implicating the governor and legislative leaders in multiple scandals.

By Dr. Leon Koziol

Parenting Rights Institute

We love our children upstate as much as parents do downstate. But we now have a governor who has seized dictatorial powers under his emergency authority to open the floodgates of a killer virus to upstate New York where, until recently, we had few infections.

Andrew Cuomo dropped the ball long ago when he failed to shut down New York City in a timely manner, even after it was announced that his director of the New York Port Authority tested positive for covid-19 at JFK Airport. While precious minutes, hours and days were being sacrificed to political competition between Cuomo, NYC Mayor DeBlasio, President Trump and California Governor Gavin Newsom (the latter over which state would end up with the highest number of infections), the virus itself was finding fertile ground everywhere for killing their constituents.

Now this dictator politician is testing the waters over a mass transfer of coronavirus patients to upstate New York hospitals which are already being overrun by a sudden surge in local virus victims. Indeed even my state representative, Brian Miller, was sent to an ICU in a hospital in the heart of New York State due to coronavirus complications no doubt traced to infected downstate staffers at the Capitol in Albany.

The tiny rural village of Hamilton, New York, where Colgate University is located, found its mayor testing positive for the infection. She was made subject to quarantine. To make matters worse, violent criminals are being released from Rikers Island and state prisons elsewhere to complicate law enforcement duties needed to contain this virus.

These criminal predators are following the herd of wealthy people escaping NYC for upstate hide-outs, bringing untold crime into our already threatened communities. Indeed this past weekend, a Cortland city police officer (just south of Syracuse) was not only shot during a domestic violence call, he was chased down to a secure location (hiding behind his  squad car).

Despite all this, and his historic containment failures, Governor Andy Cuomo is acting recklessly and arrogantly to escalate the infection rates and criminal threats across all of upstate New York. Unlike destination states elsewhere, i.e. the Carolinas and Florida, where self-quarantine is required of all New York visitors, Cuomo has done nothing of the sort to protect upstate New York.

To illustrate, I was privy tonight to a conversation involving a New Jersey resident boasting how he lived in proximity to the Fusco family which has been in the news due to the tragic deaths and virus infections of a single household. He had recently escaped to New York’s Adirondack Mountains, assuring all in his vicinity that he had been washing his hands and maintaining social distancing.

“If you’re in New York City,” he announced, “you can die.” That’s when I interrupted his misguided sermon to correct that you can die anywhere from coronavirus, it does not discriminate based on wealth, status or location. I also advised him that people around here are now well armed and he would do well to self-quarantine right away.

This Jersey resident was busy ordering all kinds of take-outs for his shelter camp somewhere nearby. In case you doubt the need for citizen action, his respectful treatment here was a far cry from a group of armed vigilantes in Maine who cut down a tree to block three men with New Jersey license plates from invading their community.

Governor Cuomo, despite his oratory to the contrary, has shown massive incompetence in the public quest to contain this virus. History might depict him some day as the “governor of death.” During my stellar career as a civil rights attorney and city councilman, I exposed corruption time and again, even testifying about corrupt judges and ethics lawyers before Cuomo’s Moreland Commission on Public Corruption in 2013.

This governor’s lack of sincerity was made clear when testimonials began implicating him and his staff in various scandals. He shut down the commission prematurely to protect himself and his family, not the rest of us victimized by his government. Leaders of both houses of the state legislature and his top aid were later prosecuted, convicted and imprisoned for crimes arising from Commission deliberations.

I was personally targeted and persecuted for my whistle blower testimony then, but this public alert is far greater than anything I have publicized in the past. We have to petition and protest this “governor of death” while we still can. He is a political con-artist, saavy enough to know that by the time we catch up to his evil, he will distract to the next news item.

Where is the leadership on this tragic trend upstate? If our representatives are too intimidated by Coumo’s oratory, I would be happy to debate this governor anytime on the crucial issues. Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon is one of the few upstate who are recognizing this trend as Syracuse coronavirus cases reached nearly 200 in a matter of days.

This site, http://www.leonkoziol.com, has been censored to the point of a government gag order which I removed through a lawsuit in New York Supreme Court in 2016. If you truly love your children, you will now heed my call to action. Our next conference call is tomorrow, Monday, March 30, 2020 at 7pm ET.

Our call number remains the same: (605) 313-4427 and the access code when prompted is 583326. You can also e-mail me at leonkoziol@gmail.com or call our PRI office at (315) 380-3420. For the sake of your families and businesses, share this message and join our fight against coronavirus corruption.

Corona Chronicles IV: Upstate New York is now in peril due to Governor Cuomo’s conflict of interest and failure to quarantine New York City

 

Above: Introduction to Corona Chronicles, March 25th

By Dr. Leon Koziol

Parenting Rights Institute

Yes, coronavirus virus is spreading, and an advisory travel ban is useless at its epicenter of New York City. The spread to upstate New York, using Governor Cuomo’s words, is coming with the speed of a “freight train or (commuter) bullet.” Next stop: a marginally impacted upstate New York.

For those of you hearing our governor merge the two parts of New York State, the upstate region is about as similar to New York City as the moon is to planet earth. Most of the city is located above the first floor with many skyscraper residents that make social distancing virtually impossible in their countless elevators.

In contrast, the 90% land area of New York State north of New Rochelle and Westchester County consists of single family homes, farms and small businesses. Our accents are different, our paces more humane and our communities are, for the most part, not destination spots. But that’s all changed now for for those fleeing the new horrors of the Big Apple.

They are not escaping just any big city, but the epicenter of coronavirus infections in the United States. While most governors are working cooperatively with the federal government to eradicate this pandemic, one that no nation had anticipated to such levels, our governor continues to posture for presidency as he conducts daily news conferences filled with wild projections, deceit and attention-grabbing headlines.

For example, while demanding an impossible 30,000 immediate delivery of respiratory devices from the federal government to address a shortage in New York City, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo did not disclose a stockpile of 2000 yet to be used. He failed to disclose how he turned down 16,000 devices in 2015 in favor of funding for special interest groups. Such devices were offered as part of a defense preparedness plan after 9-11. Instead, when a shut-down was suggested early on by Mayor DeBlasio, Andrew Cuomo, in his typical lawyer-confrontational mode replied that such extreme measures were reserved for nuclear war. The list goes on.

In short, rather than being a team player, Cuomo is constantly complaining without timely action of his own to the realities confronting us all. Now he has Nancy Pelosi blaming our president for his latent actions while she was too busy with a wholly political, time-consuming and costly impeachment process during the months preceding coronavirus arrival in the United States. It is all nearly as sick as the virus illness itself, and the people they serve can no longer ignore this dysfunction, infighting and vain jockeying for political office.

Yesterday, March 28, 2020, President Trump was considering the idea of a quarantine of metropolitan New York to contain the spread of this killer virus. Only the president has the authority to do this since two other states, New Jersey and Connecticut, are necessary to make this effective. But Cuomo, who was not notified of this development in his daily grandstanding news conference, vehemently opposed the idea as “unenforceable.” The president then decided to back off. If Cuomo can do better protecting New York, then go to it. After awhile, a president with responsibility over 49 other states and territories as far as Guam, can get exasperated by such politics.

The problem we face now in upstate New York is the definition of New York State when such considerations are made. Andrew Cuomo continues to use the entire state in his news conferences when addressing the nation’s epicenter. A stigma such as epicenter without distinction between upstate and downstate harms us needlessly. We have struggled enough economically in the shadows of the big city, but this designation will make it all the harder when we try to re-start our economy in weeks to come.

Governor Cuomo is quick to announce that the current statewide restrictions will have to remain in place for “5-9 months,” maybe even years. This will enable him to maintain his emergency, dictatorial powers for a much longer period than the president is seeking. Such an extension may be ideal for a grandstanding governor protected by silver-spoon wealth and tax-payer financed security, but to the rest of us, it’s Armageddon.

Already we find a police officer shot in the upstate city of Cortland during a domestic violence call. But this was more than a shooting, the would-be killer actually chased down the officer who took cover behind his police vehicle. It is a portend of things to come. Once again, as my whistle blower history bears out, I am proven too correct, too late. At the same time. violent criminals and even murderers are being released from Rikers Island and other state prisons, at least 1,100 already due to this virus.

With self-quarantine orders emerging from New York destination spots such as North and South Carolina, Maryland and Florida, wealthy downstate residents are fleeing upstate. News and resident reports back up a highly unusual condition of filled summer rentals at peak rates and Jersey plates heading into the Hudson Valley and Adirondack Mountains. The governor of Rhode Island has gone a step further by stopping all cars with New York plates and directing police to visit summer residences to assure that all New York visitors self-quarantine for 14 days.

Our governor, Andrew Cuomo, is not even close to doing anything like this for the millions of people residing upstate. Content with a mere advisory travel ban from the CDC, he has created, in his words, “a freight train and bullet” into upstate, New York. And the numbers are showing it with rural Madison County and Oneida County doubling their single digit infections overnight. Where is the leadership upstate when one of its own, Assemblyman Brian Miller, is facing death in a central New York hospital?

Does any New York politician understand that if you belatedly infect upstate New York, a second round of infections will re-emerge when downstate refugees return to a re-opened New York City. For this reason we must demand overdue action on this crisis. At the very least, Governor Cuomo should take a page from the president’s book by appointing his lieutenant governor to take over upstate matters. Hoarding power is as “unintelligent” (using his words) as hoarding toilet paper.

Don’t expect upstate protection any time soon, but rest assured, this virus is as lawless as the criminals that Cuomo is sending us. Predators always follow the herd. It’s the law of nature, and neither they nor the virus have any regard for wealth, status or grandstanding, much less an advisory travel ban between New York City and upstate New York.

Your support is now requested. Share this message and follow this site. You get information here that you’re not getting elsewhere. Our next conference call is tomorrow (Monday) March 30, 2020 at 7 pm ET. The call number and access code are the same: (605) 313-4427. The code when prompted is 583326. You can also e-mail me at leonkoziol@gmail.com or call our PRI office at (315) 380-3420.

Corona Chronicles III: My Upstate Representative is in ICU for Coronavirus as New York Governor Grandstands

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New York’s 101st Assembly District gerrymandered under Governor Cuomo and Legislature Redistricting. Its Representative Brian Miller was hospitalized yesterday for coronavirus complications in the ICU of St. Luke’s Hospital, no doubt as a result of social distancing violations with New York City staffers in Albany.  Both Brian Miller and I reside in the town of New Hartford located at the top left corner of this bizarre, snake-like district. It extends 200 miles from the heart of upstate New York to the lower Hudson Valley of metropolitan New York City.  In some parts, the district is barely 10 miles wide as it winds its way from Utica, New York through rural farmlands and the Catskill Mountains. If our state leaders are brazen enough to carve out such dysfunctional borders to maximize political party numbers, how can we trust them to handle a world epicenter of a virus that is infecting hundreds of New Yorkers each day? 

By Dr. Leon Koziol

Parenting Rights Institute

Yes, the virus is spreading, now to a hardly impacted upstate New York. This region is about as similar to New York City as the moon is to planet Earth. Most of New York City is located above the first floor with many skyscraper residents that make social distancing virtually impossible in their countless elevators. In contrast the 90% land area north of New Rochelle and Westchester County consists of single family homes, farms and small businesses. Our accents are different, our paces more humane and beyond any destination spot except for those fleeing the city to escape the new horrors the big city.

They are not escaping just any big city, but the epicenter of coronavirus infections in the United States. While most governors are working cooperatively with the federal government to eradicate this pandemic, one that no nation had anticipated to such levels, our governor continues to posture for presidency as he conducts daily news conferences filled with wild projections, deceit and attention-grabbing headlines.

For example, while demanding an impossible 30,000 immediate delivery of respiratory devices from the federal government to address a shortage in New York City, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo did not disclose a stockpile of 2000 yet to be used. He failed to disclose how he turned down 16,000 devices in 2015 in favor of funding for special interest groups. Such devices were offered as part of a defense preparedness plan after 9-11. Instead, when a shut-down was suggested early on by Mayor DeBlasio, Andrew Cuomo, in his typical lawyer-confrontational mode replied that such extreme measures were reserved for nuclear war. The list goes on.

In short, rather than being a team player, Cuomo is constantly complaining without timely action of his own to the realities confronting us all. Now he has Nancy Pelosi blaming our president for his latent actions while she was too busy with a wholly political, time-consuming and costly impeachment process during the months preceding coronavirus arrival in the United States. It is all nearly as sick as the virus illness itself, and the people they serve can no longer ignore this dysfunction, infighting and vain jockeying for political office.

Yesterday, March 28, 2020, President Trump was considering the idea of a quarantine of metropolitan New York to contain the spread of this killer virus. Only the president has the authority to do this since two other states, New Jersey and Connecticut, are necessary to make this effective. But Cuomo, who was not notified of this development in his daily grandstanding news conference, vehemently opposed the idea as “unenforceable.” The president then decided to back off. If Cuomo can do better protecting New York, then go to it. After awhile, a president with responsibility over 49 other states and territories as far as Guam, can get exasperated by such politics.

The problem we face now in upstate New York is the definition of New York State when such considerations are made. Andrew Cuomo continues to use the entire state in his news conferences when addressing the nation’s epicenter. A stigma such as epicenter without distinction between upstate and downstate harms us needlessly. We have struggled enough economically in the shadows of the big city, but this designation will make it all the harder when we try to re-start our economy in weeks to come.

Governor Cuomo is quick to announce that the current statewide restrictions will have to remain in place for “5-9 months,” maybe even years. This will enable him to maintain his emergency, dictatorial powers for a much longer period than the president is seeking. Such an extension may be ideal for a grandstanding governor protected by silver-spoon wealth and tax-payer financed security, but to the rest of us, it’s Armageddon.

Already we find a police officer shot in the upstate city of Cortland during a domestic violence call. But this was more than a shooting, the would-be killer actually chased down the officer who took cover behind his police vehicle. It is a portend of things to come. Once again, as my whistle blower history bears out, I am proven too correct, too late. At the same time. violent criminals and even murderers are being released from Rikers Island and other state prisons, at least 1,100 already due to this virus.

With self-quarantine orders emerging from New York destination spots such as North and South Carolina, Maryland and Florida, wealthy downstate residents are fleeing upstate. News and resident reports back up a highly unusual condition of filled summer rentals at peak rates and Jersey plates heading into the Hudson Valley and Adirondack Mountains. The governor of Rhode Island has gone a step further by stopping all cars with New York plates and directing police to visit summer residences to assure that all New York visitors self-quarantine for 14 days.

Our governor, Andrew Cuomo, is not even close to doing anything like this for the millions of people residing upstate. Content with a mere advisory travel ban from the CDC, he has created, in his words, “a freight train and bullet” into upstate, New York. And the numbers are showing it with rural Madison County and Oneida County doubling their single digit infections overnight. Where is the leadership upstate when one of its own, Assemblyman Brian Miller, is facing death in a central New York hospital?

Does any New York politician understand that if you belatedly infect upstate New York, a second round of infections will re-emerge when downstate refugees return to a re-opened New York City. For this reason we must demand overdue action on this crisis. At the very least, Governor Cuomo should take a page from the president’s book by appointing his lieutenant governor to take over upstate matters. Hoarding power is as “unintelligent” (using his words) as hoarding toilet paper.

Don’t expect upstate protection any time soon, but rest assured, this virus is as lawless as the criminals that Cuomo is sending us. Predators always follow the herd. It’s the law of nature, and neither they nor the virus have any regard for wealth, status or grandstanding, much less an advisory travel ban between New York City and upstate New York.

Your support is now requested. Share this message and follow this site. You get information here that you’re not getting elsewhere. Our next conference call is tomorrow (Monday) March 30, 2020 at 7 pm ET. The call number and access code are the same: (605) 313-4427. The code when prompted is 583326. You can also e-mail me at leonkoziol@gmail.com or call our PRI office at (315) 380-3420.

Corona Chronicles II: Upstate New York to Andrew Cuomo: We Are Not The Epicenter. Don’t Bring It Here!

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Dr. Leon Koziol with Sean Hannity during fundraising gala in Manhattan

https://video.foxnews.com/v/6145074380001#sp=show-clips

By Dr. Leon Koziol

Parenting Rights Institute

It’s bad enough that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and his counterpart, Bill DeBlasio, were busy competing for attention and wasting valuable time while the coronavirus invaded New York City, but now the same is occurring to upstate New York.

I am blowing the whistle on another ominous trend which threatens the health and safety of the good people of upstate New York. We certainly want to help our brothers and sisters downstate, but we love our children too and must stop the spread where we can.

For too long, downstaters have had a low opinion of state residents north of Westchester County. It didn’t phase us in the least because we loved our way of life. But now, wealthy folks are escaping their new world of chaos to locations in the true upstate New York.

Secondary news sources report that summer rentals along the Hudson River and Catskills are being scarfed up at rates that exceed peak seasons. Locals report unusual numbers of Jersey plates on cars heading further north into the Adirondack Mountains.

At the same time, New York City is releasing convicted felons from Rikers Island and other facilities to stem the spread of coronavirus infections. They’ve been watching the news too, so our embattled governor should know that predators follow the herd.

Here in the heart of upstate New York, I can personally attest that residents are not “lawyering up” against this invasion, they’ve been “arming up” with a variety of sport and safety weapons. I have seen a veritable arsenal in at least one of these homes.

Like his blundering downstate regarding the virus, Governor Cuomo is oblivious to this newest crisis, a pending standoff between citizen and criminal. He has neither mentioned it on his daily news conferences nor has he forewarned the locals upstate.

Instead, Andy Cuomo is too busy posturing for the presidency while dodging responsibility for a crisis he helped create. Only one day after my first Corona Chronicle, Fox News Host Sean Hannity published a commentary mirroring its message (see above link).

Reports I have received from inside our hospital system reveal mass preparations for a deluge of virus victims to be transferred upstate. Like the prisons that were built here, an influx of contagious family members will overwhelm such facilities to our own detriment.

Upstate leaders have been sidelined along with our populous due to emergency powers seized and abused by this governor. Even if they considered courageous and timely action, they are intimidated by the oratory despite the long term stigma it is causing to upstate. It will harm our recovery in years to come.

Therefore, consistent with our rights under the Constitution, “We the People” must take a stand. Our family, businesses and very lives are now at stake. To that end, I have fashioned a petition for you to sign and share which I call the “Upstate to Andy Petition.”

Through this form of expression, we are demanding a self-quarantine of all tri-state residents of metro New York who travel north of Westchester County. Some rural counties, I am told, are already requiring this. We must act on this fast, we certainly have the time while shuttered in our homes, and time is of the essence.

Stay tuned to this site, http://www.leonkoziol.com for more news that you are not receiving elsewhere. Join our next conference call on Monday, March 30, 2020 at 7pm ET. It’s the same number: (605) 313-4427 and access code 583326. You can also e-mail us at leonkoziol@gmail.com or call our PRI office at (315) 380-3420.

Sign the petition to be placed on this site tomorrow. Reach out to all you know for more to sign. This is not my project, it’s yours, and an opportunity to make a difference or squander.

 

 

Corona Chronicles No. 1: Grandstanding Governor is a root cause of coronavirus spread in New York

By Dr. Leon Koziol

As Americans continue to watch in horror at the spread of coronavirus across the country, one governor cannot get enough of it, exploiting every new event or number to grab a headline. Of course I’m referring to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Many are easily duped by his daily news conferences filled with drama, a veteran orator dressed down in a short sleeved shirt with a prominent emblem on it to remind us that he’s still in charge and battle-ready.

But if you can get by the facade, a scary picture emerges of a veteran politician who wreaked havoc during this crisis. Such conferences are now ideal for deflecting public attention from a record that caused the needless spread of a killer microbe in America’s new epicenter.

Such a record in the private sector would lead to immediate discharge, but in politics that is not the way it works. History instructs that crises of this dimension could lead to martial law and dictators, a lesson that should have every American at the forefront of activity.

This series was conceived to answer that need, to keep you informed of events from a people-oriented standpoint. Fortunately in this country, our forefathers erected constitutional protections so that the people are not so easily sidelined despite the nature of crisis.

It was triggered by a Cuomo news conference of March 24, 2020. To get a gist of the outrage it evoked, scroll back to March 19, 2020 when California Governor Gavin Newsom was grabbing headlines by announcing that 56% (over 20 million) residents may become infected.

Given how little we knew about this virus and its mutation capabilities, a number as specific as 56% was highly suspect. Indeed, a more compelling case could be made for 100%. But whatever the source, this number was sufficient for publicity and fear-mongering.

On the opposite coast, Andrew Cuomo would have none of it. This was his virus, his state as the new epicenter, and like his father, Mario, he would have to preempt the Golden State by announcing that New York would get up to 80% of its near 20 million residents infected.

It was a game of one-upsmanship, juvenile behavior at the worst of times. Cuomo was now competing for attention everywhere. He just could not get enough of it, even countering short term measures of the president with a projection that this crisis could extend five to nine months, maybe even years.

That may work for a silver-spoon politician protected by wealth and a secure mansion, but for the rest of us it was Armageddon, time to hunker down with more than hoarded food. To be sure, gun stores across the country were already being raided while those in New York would soon shut down.

Only days after these news events, the folly of dueling politicians was made manifest when Stanford University biology professor Michael Levitt reported that his models do not support such wild projections. A 2013 Nobel laureat, he correctly predicted when China would start recovering.

According to Dr. Levitt, “we need to control the panic…” But that was not what our doomsday politicians wanted to hear. Their day in the sun as state dictators would end way too soon. That is why “we the people” must use our rights to humble them through reports or removal.

Faced with “guarded fury” of the population, Andy Cuomo shifted 180 degrees. Suddenly on March 24, 2020, he was announcing that he is really concerned about the 5% and not the 95% of those who will either recover or remain uninfected. This was a far cry from his quasi- apocalyptic renditions the day before.

Indeed it was the final straw, all the pathetic posturing needed to invoke this series. But that’s not all. When you look at how Governor Cuomo and his counterpart, New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio, have handled this crisis, we the people have no choice but to get involved.

It may not be well known to the nation, but in New York it has become commonplace to see the governor and mayor at odds over issues major and minor for many years. In other times, this might be tolerated, but when this forewarned epidemic arrived, their juvenile antics yielded an inexcusable explosion in viral infections.

This conclusion is abundantly supported by the public record. In the March 19, 2020 New York Post, headlines read: “Cuomo Slams DeBlasio’s ‘Shelter-In-Place’ Speculation: ‘That Came From Nuclear War.” At the same time, Andy was warning us not to interfere with his own rights. Whatever that meant, it was clear that both Andy and Bill were at it again, and in no small way.

In contrast, and at the same time, Mayor DeBlasio was resisting widespread calls for closing New York’s school system, by far the largest in the nation. Cuomo road the fence even after the head of New York’s Port Authority tested positive for the coronavirus at JFK Airport.

Just as Mayor DeBlasio was calling a news conference to announce school closure, Governor Cuomo trumped it with his own order closing the same school system. It was done simply to steal attention without true regard for the risks placed upon teachers, children and parents outraged by the politics and delays.

Yes this is what we are dealing with folks. And there is so much more to come in these Corona Chronicles to benefit you while you suffer through the worst crisis of modern times. Tomorrow, Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 7 pm we will be conducting our next nationwide conference call on the subject. All are welcome to join.

Unfortunately our last one on Monday was impaired by static due to an overloaded system caused by home employment and sheltering. The call number is (605) 313-4427. Access code when prompted is 583326. You can also comment here, on Facebook, or our office at (315) 380-3420. E-mail is leonkoziol@gmail.com.

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Godspeed my friends!