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Astorino blasts Cuomo over ethics investigation

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Governor Cuomo's handling of his Moreland Act commission is providing ammunition for his Republican opponent, Rob Astorino.

The New York Times reported the governor and aides interfered with the Moreland Act commission probing Albany, both the executive and the legislative branches, before the governor dissolved it.

Now, the U.S. attorney in Manhattan has subpoenaed all of the commission's records and is looking into what it found and what those records might suggest. 

Republican challenger Rob Astorino says those people being probed were the sources for the governor's vast campaign war chest.

"Ultimately, there is a person who is being investigated by a federal prosecutor. That should say more than the campaign ads he puts on TV with dirty money he raised from the same people he's trying to protect from the Moreland commission," Astorino told reporters in Buffalo Monday.

Astorino clearly sees this as a way to cut into the governor's vast lead in polls, claiming that Albany can only be cleaned up by an outsider like himself and not a product of state politics like Andrew Cuomo.
 

Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.