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Cuomo's job allows him to set an agenda

Often, when state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo puts off commenting on certain explosive issues, he cites an intense focus on his current elected job.

State law gives Cuomo wide discretion in defining that job - an important fact to know as the Democratic front-runner for governor draws new scrutiny and attention.

Before quitting the election race Friday, Democratic Gov. David A. Paterson asked Cuomo to probe the controversial role the governor and his security detail played in a domestic-abuse case involving Paterson aide David W. Johnson.

Cuomo agreed. That was unsurprising. Since taking office in 2007, Cuomo - more than his recent predecessors - has steered his office into the middle of some very hot Capitol issues.

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