Feb 09, 2009
Hypocrisy Watch Day 6 : Tedisco Refuses to Defend His Use of Taxpayer Funded Mail, Cars, and Gas
Hypocrisy Watch Day 6 : Albany Politician Tedisco Refuses to Defend His Use of Taxpayer Funded Mail, Cars, and Gas
Tedisco Hypocrisy Exposed in Video of Him Attacking State Funded Vehicles, and in Taxpayer Funded Mail Piece Sent to Households Outside Assembly District
Despite his tough talk, career Albany politician Jim Tedisco sure does like his taxpayer funded perks - then he hides from answering questions about his perks.
Tedisco likes to blast his fellow Albany politicians for sending taxpayer funded mail outside their districts although he does the same thing himself. Tedisco's inappropriate use of his mail perk follows revelations that he advocated cutting spending on State vehicles while Tedisco and his staff have been using two state funded vehicles, and he charged the state more than $21,000 for gasoline.
What has Tedisco said to defend his use of tax payer funded perks including government cars, gasoline, and mail? Nothing.
"Do as I say and not as I do Albany politician Jim Tedisco has refused to stand up and explain to voters why he's spending their tax dollars on government cars, gasoline, and mail while their struggling to make ends meet and New York's budget is in the red," said Jennifer Crider, Communications Director for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. "Times are tough in Upstate New York, the last thing families need is more double-talk from another career Albany politician like Jim Tedisco who spends their tax money freely on himself, while they are left paying higher taxes each year."
A pdf of the mail Tedisco sent out of his district is available upon request.
- Tedisco Advocated for Cutting Spending on State
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. Patterson. "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]
... But Spent Over $20,000 on Gas for State Vehicle
- 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]
- Hundreds of Dollars Charged on Same Day in 2001
The oil and gas receipts in 2001 are notable for two occasions where substantial amounts were charged on the same day.
- On June 29, 2001, a total of $413.80 was charged for oil and gas in three separate charges.
- On December 11, 2001, a total of $628.46 was charged in five separate charges. [New York State Assembly, Expenditure Reports, 1996-2008]
August 9, 1987: Tedisco Slams Democrats for Sending Taxpayer-Funded Mail Outside District
On August 9, 1987, Tedisco attacked other Assembly Members for sending taxpayer-funded mail outside the district.
Tedisco, R- Schenectady, said mailing to opposition districts "is not observing legislative protocol and not helping the district." [Times Union, 8/9/87]
February 5, 2009: Tedisco Uses Taxpayer Money to Fund Political Mail Outside District
On February 5th 2009, local taxpayers received a piece of mail from the New York State Assembly touting the work that Tedisco has done.
One mailer arrived in the 12801 zip code, which is outside of Tedisco's assembly district. [Tedisco State-Funded Mail, Arrived: 2/5/09; Assembly Member Search]
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