Behavior such as this would have in the past led to investigations and public humiliation. But it’s this maniacal Democrat Party obsession with so-called “climate change,” now the greatest threat to mankind according to none other than climate expert Barack Obama, so anything goes.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo wasn’t taking any chances that there might be empty seats at a speech he delivered last week on climate change — so state workers were summoned on the taxpayer dime to fill the audience, The Post has learned.
The workers said they left their jobs in the middle of the day Thursday and were paid their full salaries to hear Cuomo at Columbia University announce the state was joining a global effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
“I’d rather be at the park,” said one of the workers, who is employed by the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and who has no connection to climate issues.
He explained that he went because his boss “asked me to make some time available in my schedule.”
Let’s say a governor of a red state was appearing at an NRA gathering and basically forced state employees to attend ? Would he or she get a pass? Hell no.
The worker confessed that he didn’t know what the event was about before he agreed to go.
He said attendance is not required, but is viewed favorably, and that the practice is common throughout state government to support Cuomo.
The worker said he would not have volunteered if he were not getting paid his regular salary. “It’s better be on the clock,” he said.“They often ask,” he said, referring to supervisors. “We get emails, and they’ll ask us if we want to go.”
The 2:30 p.m. event, which lasted about an hour and included speeches from former Vice President Al Gore as well as Columbia President Lee Bollinger, focused on Cuomo’s plan to have state agencies work with other states and cities worldwide to reduce carbon emissions.
A state Department of Health worker told The Post that supervisors offered employees the option of attending the event “instead of working.”
If they watched Cuomo, they could go home afterward instead of returning to work, the employee said.
He called the practice “AstroTurfing” — an attempt to fabricate grassroots support.
It’s a practice at virtually every Democrat event everywhere, and the media gives them a pass.
Good-government advocates questioned why state workers were being paid to attend an event designed to bolster an elected official’s credentials.
“It’s a questionable use of state resources,” said Dick Dadey, executive director of Citizens Union.
Maybe this corrupt hack Cuomo should be reimbursing the state.
Maybe someone should report Cuomo:
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— State of New York (@NYGov) October 14, 2015