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ALBANY -- U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara vowed that he has the “fearlessness and independence” needed to investigate Albany corruption as Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is accused of interfering with his own corruption commission.
“If other people aren’t going to do it, then we’re going to do it,” Bharara said on the PBS’ program “Charlie Rose."
“Our interest above all other interests is to make...Read more »
One year ago this month, as he trumpeted the formation of his Moreland Commission on Public Corruption, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo appointed Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice as one of its three co-chairs.
She was quoted as hailing Cuomo's "leadership on this important issue" and as looking forward "to working with some of the best law enforcement and public policy professionals in this...Read more »
ALBANY -- Whether Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo improperly interfered with an anti-corruption commission may hinge on a legal maneuver early in the life of the Moreland Commission, according to a former Democratic assemblyman who is now a good-government academic.
A year ago, Cuomo created the anti-corruption panel under the Moreland Act, which restricts investigations to the executive branch. But...Read more »
ALBANY -- A co-chairman of the state’s corruption commission denies Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo or his top aide ever stopped an investigation or improperly pressured the panel of prosecutors.
“He didn’t direct me to do anything,” said commission co-chairman William Fitzpatrick, the Onondaga County district attorney, in an interview with the Syracuse Post-Standard’s Syracuse.com.
The New York...Read more »
ALBANY -- The state ethics board member who quit in protest in 2012 over what he said was the panel’s lack of independence from Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo sees parallels to the latest claims that Cuomo interfered with a corruption commission.
“A governor can appoint judges, but can't control them; same is true for ethics commissioners,” said Ravi Batra, a founding member of the state Joint Commission...Read more »
State Senate Republicans said Wednesday that Democratic Senate candidate Adam Haber accepted “anonymous” in-kind contributions above legal limit, an allegation Haber denied.
The Senate Republican Campaign Committee cited Haber’s most recent filing with the State Board of Elections, covering the first six months of the year. They show two “in-kind” contributions totaling $18,000 from an unidentified...Read more »
Although Nassau Legis. David Denenberg complained that a Newsday review of Nassau's 2013 part-time and seasonal parks employees payroll showed “a political-insider feeding frenzy,” records show that the Merrick Democrat's own children have worked for the parks department in past years.
County comptroller records show that Amanda Denenberg worked as a seasonal parks worker in 2007 and...Read more »
ALBANY — One of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s political challengers called the Democrat a crook and another said the governor may have to resign after a published report said he interfered with an anti-corruption commission.
"Governor Cuomo is in big trouble,” said Republican candidate for governor Rob Astorino, the Westchester County executive. “New Yorkers cannot afford to have a crook...Read more »
The show will not go on.
Late last night, Republican congressional candidate Nick Di Iorio and his campaign manager Joe Shippee withdrew their request for an FEC advisory ruling on whether they could turn their longshot campaign into a reality show.
That withdrawal was disclosed this morning when the Federal Election Commission members met to discuss and vote on a draft advisory opinion...Read more »
ALBANY _ Good-government groups on Wednesday called on Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to respond, in person, to a “devastating” news report that he and his top aides interfered with a potentially powerful anti-corruption commission he ultimately shut down.
The New York Times in a lengthy story Wednesday said Cuomo and his aides dissuaded the Moreland Commission from investigating the governor’s...Read more »