James T. Madore was on hand at the Somos 23rd Annual Spring Conference, held Saturday in Albany by the State Legislature’s Puerto Rican/Hispanic Task Force, from which he reports:
State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli declined to criticize State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo in the wake of Thursday’s disclosure by a Cuomo attorney that DiNapoli’s stewardship of the state pension fund is being probed. DiNapoli repeated his strong denial of wrongdoing and commitment to restoring integrity to the office disgraced by Alan Hevesi.
Cuomo has been clear he doesn’t want DiNapoli to seek election. The pair has feuded privately for several years.
Cuomo refused to endorse DiNapoli when asked by reporters Thursday. Asked for a reaction, DiNapoli didn’t address it.
Asked if he was upset by Cuomo’s actions, DiNapoli said, “I’ve been around the block a couple of times in campaign seasons. We are getting into the silly season…My focus and my dedication is to be the best comptroller for the people of the state of New York. Nothing distracts me from that.”