Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo left out the attorney general’s office when he spoke Monday of empowering more agencies to investigate political corruption.
Cuomo, on a public radio program, said he wants to capitalize on two scandals from last week to push for an array of election-law changes. Among the ideas, he said laws should be changed so that district attorneys “all across the state can get in to the corruption fighting game.”
But he omitted the attorney general’s office. It’s notable because Cuomo – who himself served as AG from 2007-10 – said during his gubernatorial campaign the office’s powers should be expanded to investigate political corruption.
In his campaign book, Cuomo said because the state Board of Elections is “limited in its ability to investigate and punish election-law scofflaws,” the attorney general should be granted the power do so. Currently, the AG needs to be referred a case before it can investigate.
Also, the governor called for allowing the AG to “crack down on member-item abuse,” referring to funding for lawmakers’ pet projects