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Schneiderman tight-lipped on Moreland probe

State Attorney General T. Eric Schneiderman, who is

State Attorney General T. Eric Schneiderman, who is running for re-election, speaks with Long Island's top business leaders at a Long Island Association gathering in Melville on Wednesday, June 18, 2014. (Credit: Howard Schnapp)

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 national banking settlement to redevelop blighted neighborhoods.

The attorney general last year deputized commissioners appointed by Gov. Cuomo to a specially convened “Moreland Commission” panel to investigate state legislators.

Schneiderman declined to say whether the governor's office interfered with the commission, whether his office would separately investigate or whether he was subpoenaed by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara.

“I think you may have heard that that is the subject of an ongoing federal investigation, and I don’t comment on ongoing investigations,” Schneiderman said. “My office is cooperating with the United States Attorney and we’ll leave it at that.”

Schneiderman, asked about his public lunch this week with Bharara, said it was "delicious" and concluded the news conference.

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