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Cuomo Foes Turn Up Heat, as Possible Monday Buffalo Visit Emerges



New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has responded with silence to political foes clamoring for prompt criminal investigation of his administration following a press report that it interfered with a special corruption commission.

But on WBEN Sunday, one of Cuomo's other opponents called for the public to try and raise the issue when he appears publicly in Buffalo today.


 
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Republican Rob Astorino
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" He's been quite for over four days now... I heard he might be in Buffalo Monday.. I hope people there will, if he does show up ask him., what he knew and when he knew it," said Zephyr Teachout, the Democrat mounitng a primary challenge to Cuomo.

Echoed Rob Astorino, Cuomo's Republican challenger:  "as this story is unfolding, it is like Watergate which took months to get into people's conciousness."

The two appeared on WBEN's Hardline program Suday with Dave Debo

Political observers call that a calculated reply, intended to let the criticism quickly pass while he comfortably leads Republican challenger Rob Astorino in polls.

Still unclear is how much New Yorkers have been paying attention, and whether he'll be dogged by ongoing questions about his influence over the commission he appointed to investigate the Albany's pay-for-play culture, and whether he kept it away from his own supporters.

Administration officials simply point to their 13-page answer to the New York Times report, published online by the newspaper along with the story.

Astorino's campaign says Friday Cuomo has "gone missing."

Political foes of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo called Wednesday for prompt criminal investigation of his administration following a news report that his office thwarted attempts by his own special corruption commission to investigate groups with ties to him.

The New York Times reported Wednesday that a top Cuomo aide, Larry Schwartz, pressured commissioners to stop subpoenas to a media-buying firm Cuomo used and to the Real Estate Board of New York, whose members financially supported the governor's campaign. The newspaper also reported that the commission was urged to steer clear of the Committee to Save New York, a lobbying group of CEOs and business groups that amassed some $17 million in donations from unidentified individuals who supported the governor early in his term with TV ads.

Cuomo's office told the newspaper that it would be "a pure conflict of interest" for a commission appointed by the governor to investigate the governor. His spokesmen declined requests to comment further Wednesday.

The report came as Cuomo mounts a re-election campaign, one in which he has had big leads in most polls. He has also been mentioned as a possible presidential candidate in 2016.

Astorino too will be in Buffalo this afternoon with a planned stop at the Erie County GOP.

 


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