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Heastie says Cuomo comment was not inappropriate

Dec 03, 2019 11:18 pm
Nick Reisman reports at New York State of Politics that New York Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said Dec. 3 that Gov. Andrew Cuomo made a “vague reference” to the Joint Commission on Public Ethics in a conversation with the governor earlier this year. But Heastie was not specific if the "vague reference" was to a secret vote by the state's ethics commission. “With this governor, at some point, it was like listening to Charlie Brown’s teacher,” Heastie said. “It was a vague reference and I let it go and I moved on with my life and it never surfaced again until we started getting calls on it.... I don’t think the governor said anything to me that was inappropriate.” The Times Union reported last month that Cuomo spoke with Heastie about a vote by commissioners over whether to investigate Joe Percoco, a former close aide to the governor who was convicted in a bribery and bid-rigging case. The inspector general’s office released a report last week saying it could not verify that charge. Cuomo and Heastie, though, were not interviewed for that report. Read more about this story at New York State of Politics.