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Cuomo corruption scandal goes national

Jul 26, 2014 12:30 am

Susanne Craig, William K. Rashbaum, and Thomas Kaplan reported in The New York Times the week's biggest New York political story, "Cuomo’s Office Hobbled Ethics Inquiries by Moreland Commission." In the lengthy July 23 story the paper has been preparing for three months about Governor Andrew Cuomo's recent decision to end the indpendent commission investigating state political corruption, the reporters, "found that the governor’s office deeply compromised the panel’s work, objecting whenever the commission focused on groups with ties to Mr. Cuomo or on issues that might reflect poorly on him." Cuomo was elected on a clean-up-corruption campaign, and appointed the Moreland Commission to root it out. At the time the commission was formed, he said they could investigate any state government official, including himself. But The Times story notes many instances where Cuomo's staff pressured the commission to back off, pulling subpoenas and punches. Comedian Jon Stewart made fun of Cuomo's thin-skin in a July 24 segment (embedded above). Read the full story in The New York Times.
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