Campaign 2010

Feb 26, 2009

UPDATED: Career Albany Politician Jim Tedisco by the Numbers:

21,000             Dollars spent on gasoline for Tedisco's taxpayer funded car

 

3,000               The number of jobs Tedisco takes credit for creating, but didn't

 

221                  Times Tedisco voted to increase taxes

 

13                    Days Tedisco has refused to explain his opposition to President Obama's Stimulus Package

 

7                      Tedisco staffers on leave from the Assembly to work on his campaign

 

1                      Letter from Tedisco requesting lighter sentence for a felon campaign contributor

 

0                      Answers for Upstate New Yorkers

 

BACKGROUND:

 

Tedisco advocated for cutting spending on state vehicles, but spent over $21,000 on gas for state vehicle.  In 2008, Tedisco offered to cut spending on the state budget by suspending state vehicle purchases.

 

"How ‘bout if we suspend state vehicle purchases for ‘ya? Can we do some of that?" Tedisco asked Gov. Paterson. "We got a few ideas, Governor. Why don't you bring us in the room and let us sit down and talk about some of these things." [NY Leaders meeting transcript, 11/18/08; See 3:05 on: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m771k92FKWE]

 

Tedisco began using a state funded vehicle in 2001 with oil and gas purchases provided by taxpayer dollars. From September 2000 through March 2008, Tedisco charged $21,343.76 in state vehicle oil and gas receipts, despite living only 17 miles from the Capitol. [New York State Assembly, Expenditure Reports, 1996-2008; Google Maps]

 

Tedisco's office even provides his aide, Howard Becker, with a state vehicle, making him one of only three in the Assembly to have one. [Times-Union, 3/19/07]

 

Tedisco's claim that he helped create 3,000 jobs doesn't check out.  WRGB CBS 6 News did a fact check on Albany politician Jim Tedisco's claim in his first TV ad that he created 3,000 jobs. The bill numbers under the jobs claim [S 6.863A and S.7721B], are pieces of state legislation that Tedisco voted for that created and later strengthened the Metroplex Authority.  According to the report, Metroplex confirmed that the project created three thousand total jobs. 

 

"But in talking to both sides," WRGB reported, "Democrats and Republicans who were there at the beginning they all agree that Tedisco didn't really have a lot to do with the actual creation of Metroplex. It was a project spearheaded by city, county and business leaders."  [WRGB CBS 6 Fact Check, 2/25/09]

 

Tedisco Voted to Raise or Extend Taxes 221 Times. 

 

[A5843 , 4/19/99], [S2068, 4/26/99], [A8118, 6/01/99], [A8698, 6/16/99], [S5647A, 6/17/99], [A8046, 6/21/99], [S4051A, 6/21/99], [S1561, 3/26/03], [A7090, 5/27/03], [A7879, 6/09/03], [A5065, 6/16/03], [A8539, 6/18/03], [A8644, 6/20/03], [A11354, 6/17/04], [A9198C, 6/21/04], [A10496A, 6/22/04], [S5776, 6/23/99], [S5724A, 3/31/04], [A8644, 4/28/04], [A8214A, 5/20/04], [A9152, 5/20/04], [A5089A, 6/07/04], [S4064, 8/04/99], [S06443, 6/13/00], [S06898, 6/13/00], [S07250, 6/13/00], [A07034A, 5/07/01], [A03473, 5/21/01], [A07414, 6/18/01], [A08431A, 6/20/01], [S7390B, 6/19/02], [A10450A, 6/20/02], [A11746, 6/20/02], [A11669A, 6/20/02], [S7612, 6/20/02], [S7613, 6/20/02], [S6653A, 6/20/02], [S7614, 6/20/02], [S7196B, 6/25/02], [S7634, 6/25/02], [S7656, 6/25/02], [S7660, 6/25/02], [S7661, 6/25/02], [S7662, 6/25/02], [S7647, 6/25/02], [S7668, 6/25/02], [S7639, 6/25/02], [A11742C, 6/26/02], [A11854, 6/26/02], [A432A, 1/21/03], [S396, 2/10/03], [S688, 2/24/03], [A2769, 3/17/03], [A6205, 3/24/03], [S844, 3/26/03], [S1603A, 3/26/03], [S3059, 3/26/03], [S3058, 3/31/03], [A4205, 6/09/03], [A7332, 6/09/03], [A7973, 6/09/03], [S3387, 6/09/03], [A5093A, 6/12/03], [S2481, 6/16/03], [S2923, 6/16/03], [S3207, 6/16/03], [S3366, 6/16/03], [S2282, 6/17/03], [S2746A, 6/17/03], [S2930, 6/17/03], [S2940, 6/17/03], [S3350, 6/17/03], [S4137C, 6/17/03], [S5189, 6/17/03], [A6968B, 6/18/03], [S2891A, 6/18/03], [S812A, 6/18/03], [S3327, 6/18/03], [S3413, 6/18/03], [S2244A, 6/19/03], [S2478A, 6/19/03], [S3206A, 6/19/03], [S3365A, 6/19/03], [S1736A, 6/20/03], [S524A, 6/19/03], [S5345A, 6/20/03], [S5344A, 6/20/03], [S2632, 6/20/03], [S3126D, 6/20/03], [S3574, 6/20/03], [S5190, 6/20/03], [S5957, 3/01/04], [S6224, 3/24/04], [S6162, 6/22/04], [S5717B, 4/26/04], [S5736B, 4/26/04], [A9038, 5/20/04], [S5737A, 6/07/04], [S6144B, 6/07/04], [S6676, 6/07/04], [S5722A, 6/14/04], [S7306, 6/16/04], [S6162, 6/22/04], [S7608, 6/22/04], [A11625, 8/11/04], [S7732, 8/12/04], [S7731A, 8/12/04], [S752, 1/31/05], [S1047, 4/18/05], [A1079, 5/02/05], [S989, 5/09/05], [A312, 5/23/05], [A6353, 5/23/05], [S3644, 5/23/05], [S3936, 5/23/05], [S947, 5/25/05], [A4539, 5/31/05], [A67284, 5/31/05], [S4005, 5/31/05], [S2512, 6/06/05], [S3833, 6/06/05], [A7108, 6/06/05], [S2596, 6/15/05], [S3099, 6/15/05], [S3458, 6/15/05], [S4012, 6/15/05], [S4362, 6/15/05], [A8015B, 6/20/05], [S2534, 6/20/05], [S3222, 6/20/05], [S3611, 6/20/05], [S5272, 6/20/05], [S5395, 6/20/05], [A6800A, 6/20/05], [S5562, 6/20/05], [S5287, 6/21/05], [S4390A, 6/21/05], [S5385, 6/21/05], [S5381A, 6/21/05], [A8769, 6/22/05], [S1050, 6/22/05], [S1713, 6/22/05], [S4013, 6/22/05], [S4080, 6/22/05], [S5691, 6/22/05], [S5812, 6/22/05], [A9081, 1/09/06], [A6450B, 3/20/06], [A10582, 4/26/06], [S06428, 4/26/06], [A10654A, 5/24/06], [S6387B, 6/19/06], [S06388C, 6/19/06], [S05387A, 6/20/06], [S06542A, 6/23/06], [S06677A, 6/26/06], [S02131, 2/14/07], [A6059A, 5/01/07], [A05988, 5/07/07], [A07143, 5/08/07], [A07267, 5/08/07], [A6552, 5/15/07], [A02997, 5/29/07], [S02758, 5/31/07], [S4125, 6/04/07], [A7199, 6/04/07], [A06634, 6/04/07], [A06965, 6/04/07], [A06089, 6/04/07], [A07112A, 6/04/07], [S01522, 6/04/07], [S01774, 6/04/07], [A08199, 6/05/07], [A6952, 6/05/07], [S04407, 6/05/07], [S6695, 6/07/04], [S04861, 6/11/07], [S05054, 6/11/07], [A8173, 6/11/07], [A07903, 6/11/07], [S04862, 6/14/07], [S04408, 6/14/07], [S05989, 6/19/07], [S05925, 6/19/07], [S05909, 6/19/07], [S04303, 6/19/07], [S01714, 6/19/07], [A9034, 6/19/07], [S05889A, 6/19/07], [S05925, 6/19/07], [S06013, 6/19/07], [A07842A, 6/20/07], [S05717B, 6/20/07], [S04949, 6/20/07], [S04070B, 6/20/07], [S03819, 6/20/07], [A07842A, 6/20/07], [S05736A, 6/20/07], [S03150A, 6/21/07], [S02366A, 6/21/07], [S5753A, 6/21/07], [S05798, 6/21/07], [S05851, 6/21/07], [S05969, 6/21/07], [S06014A, 6/21/07], [S03439, 6/21/07], [S04204, 6/22/07], [S05939, 6/22/07], [S04950, 6/22/07], [S5029, 6/22/07], [S04259, 6/22/07], [S04127, 6/22/07], [S01873, 6/27/07], [S7352, 8/11/04], [S6631, 5/05/08], [A9242A, 5/12/08], [A9678, 5/12/08], [A11562, 6/17/08], [S07657, 6/17/08], [S7049, 6/19/08], [S8435, 6/24/08]

 

Tedisco refuses to support President Obama's economic recovery package.  On February 23rd, the New York Times reported that when asked about the recovery package legislation, Tedisco would not answer the "hypothetical question" of how he would've voted.  [New York Times, 2/23/09]

 

Seven State Assembly staff members are on leave to work on Tedisco's congressional campaign. According to the Albany Times Union, "Seven Assembly minority office staffers have taken leaves of absence to work on the campaign, including the conference's top three spokesmen - Communications Director Joshua Fitzpatrick, Spokesman Dan Bazile, and Director of Regional Information Services Adam Kramer." [Albany Times Union, 2/21/09]

 

Tedisco's fifth highest contributor was convicted of mortgage fraud; Tedisco wrote a letter requesting a lighter sentence.  Tedisco Wrote Letter requesting Lighter Sentencing for David Silipigno who was Convicted of Defrauding Mortgages. Silipigno later founded a new company which became Tedisco's fifth highest campaign contributor. [The Times Union (Albany, NY), 12/9/03; Campaign Finance Data]

 

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