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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo will use campaign funds to pay a criminal defense lawyer to represent the governor’s office in the Moreland Commission probe, an aide said Friday.
On Thursday, well-known criminal defense lawyer Elkan Abramowitz confirmed he was retained “a while ago” to represent the Cuomo administration as U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara threatened to widen an investigation into the governor’s...Read more »
Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman remained tight-lipped Friday about a federal prosecutors’ look into a state anti-corruption commission – other than to say he, unlike Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, hasn’t hired an outside attorney to represent him in the matter.
Schneiderman, a Democrat like Cuomo, was in Schenectady to tout his “land bank” program that invests money the state received from a...Read more »
The mayor of Mastic Beach said he hadn’t heard from anyone from New York Rising since March -- until Thursday, just before GOP candidate for governor Rob Astorino stopped by to talk to homeowners frustrated with the state’s post-Sandy bureaucracy.
Mayor Bill Biondi said the call came from a New York Rising supervisor for the local area, whom he declined to name. She said she had heard Astorino...Read more »
Democrat Senate candidate Adrienne Esposito on Thursday sought to link Republican Tom Croci to a toxic dumping scandal at Roberto Clemente Park in Brentwood.
Republicans, noting that Croci was on active duty with the U.S. Navy, when the issue broke, called it a “desperate” attempt by Esposito to generate news coverage.
The sparring is just latest...Read more »
State Sen. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley), the Republican candidate running against Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton), said he would have voted to authorize House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to sue President Barack Obama for overreaching.But Zeldin is the only Republican congressional challenger on Long Island to say how he would have voted yesterday, when Republicans approved the authorization in a largely...Read more »
ALBANY -- Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Thursday confirmed he had discussed public criticism of his role in his corruption commission with “relevant parties” he wouldn’t name, and won’t comment further during a federal investigation.
Cuomo confirmed a letter from U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara first reported by The New York Times that advises Moreland commissioners to refrain from further comment....Read more »
ALBANY -- A reported letter from the U.S. attorney’s office shows concern about recent comments by Moreland Commission members statement during a federal investigation.
On Thursday, The New York Times reported that U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara’s office sent a letter to the attorney for the Moreland Commission on public corruption after Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and some...Read more »
Democratic State Senate contender Joseph Fritz withstood objections raised by the Senate Democratic campaign at the Suffolk Board of Elections to knock him off the primary ballot in the third district.
The election commissioners late Wednesday voted unanimously that Fritz had more than the 1,000 signatures necessary to qualify for the ballot. Fritz, who filed more...Read more »
Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday that he’s just too busy with city business to pay attention to controvery over whether Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo meddled in the work of his anti-corruption panel.
“I’m not following it because I have a lot of other things to do. I try to keep up a bit with the world, but when I look at the media, I am focused on the things that affect the City of New York directly,...Read more »
ALBANY -- Good-government advocate Blair Horner says Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s explanation Monday that he was simply advising his corruption commission, not interfering or steering it, falls short of what the public deserves.
“What should have been a legacy of fighting public corruption has become yet another symbol of Albany’s dysfunction,” said Horner of the New York Public Interest Research...Read more »