September 3, 2013

More Headaches For Cuomo From His Own Anti-Corruption Commission

Weeks after we learned that Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s anti-corruption commission subpoenaed several Cuomo donors and the Commission’s Executive Director was sued 17 times for elections violations, The Daily News reports that the law firm hired by the New York State Assembly to deal with Andrew Cuomo’s anti-corruption commission, is a major Cuomo donor:

A law firm hired by the New York state Assembly to deal with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s anti-corruption commission is a major donor to the governor and to commission co-chairwoman Kathleen Rice, the Daily News has learned.

The News reported Monday that Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver hired Kasowitz Benson Torres & Friedman LLP to represent the chamber during the commission’s public corruption probe.

Kazowitz and its top partner have donated $275,000 to Cuomo since 2010 – including $200,000 since 2011 that amounts to the second-largest donation Cuomo has taken since becoming governor.

Rice, the Nassau County district attorney, has received $98,000 since 2010.

The campaign funds raised eyebrows with government watchdogs. …

At least two Albany sources suggested Silver’s decision to hire a firm with ties to Cuomo, who created the commission, and one of the panel’s three co-chairs was no coincidence.