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Schwartz pick reviewed: AEG mess raised

Fredric U. Dicker at the New York Post raises an interesting area of discussion in the selection of Long Island-raised Larry Schwartz as top aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo:

ALBANY -- Gov. Cuomo's choice of senior adviser Lawrence Schwartz, onetime top aide to bumbling Gov. David Paterson, as his new chief-of-staff has stunned some investigators because of Schwartz's role in the explosive AEG-Aqueduct casino bid-rigging scandal.

Schwartz was criticized for his role in the debacle last fall in a scathing state inspector general's report.

"Schwartz incred[ibly] claimed to not recall myriad meetings he organized and attended, various e-mail correspondence between himself and other individuals, and numerous conversations in which he engaged, and claimed unawareness of the governor's selection of AEG despite personally engaging the governor's press office in a colloquy about the very subject," the report found.

 "One wonders why the governor, who has such a stellar record, would make such an appointment, given the questions raised in the IG's report," said a law-enforcement source with knowledge of the AEG investigation.

Full piece here.


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