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Report: Cuomo Repeatedly Interfered With Anti-Corruption Commission

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A New York Times report alleges Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his staff repeatedly interfered with the work of an anti-corruption commission that he created last year but then quickly disbanded this spring.

Citing private e-mails and dozens of interviews, The Times claims Cuomo's staff pushed the commission to cancel a subpoena of a media buying firm that had close ties to the governor.

One of the governor's top aides, Larry Schwartz, also reportedly urged the commission not to probe a group the governor created to promote his agenda, The Committee to Save New York.

The report also details a bitter internal feud between the commission's chief of investigations and its executive director who, The Times says, was viewed by many commission members as a spy for the governor.

The governor's commission, known as the Moreland Commission, was created last year with much fanfare as Cuomo declared war on political corruption in Albany.

But he shut it down this spring after saying the legislature has sufficiently moved ahead with passing a package of ethics reforms.

The disbanding of the commission has caught the attention of Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, who is taking up its work while also probing Cuomo's involvement with its investigations.

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