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Cuomo-DiNapoli strain evident in cool Dem parley intro

Niagara Falls – State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli again on Friday night got no love from state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo.

In speaking to the Democratic Rural Conference meeting here, Cuomo gave lavish shout-outs to other officials in the room including U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand. He left DiNapoli to last and then only mentioned his name – which was drowned out by applause for the others.

Cuomo remained to hear Gillibrand speak but left before DiNapoli reached the podium.

Cuomo and DiNapoli, both Democrats, have had strained relations for several years.

Cuomo’s office is investigating an April 2007 meeting DiNapoli had with an investment company seeking to do business with the state pension fund. The probe is part of a three-year examination of the pay-to-play culture that characterized former comptroller Alan Hevesi's stewardship of the pension fund.

 

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