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FBI is investigating, allegedly, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office setting practice

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office was allegedly investigated by the FBI in relation to their recruitment practices.

(AP)

The FBI is reportedly investigating New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office setting practice.

According to the Albany Times-Union, senior staff were recruited to work for the Governor, allegedly, were performed and paid for by other government agencies, it is the Democrat staff and the budget look smaller than it really was.

The administration received a subpoena for documents, months, and cooperates, Cuomo spokesman Rich Azzopardi said, adding that other New York governors, presidents from both political parties and also by the U.S. Department of Justice have all used a similar staffing methods for decades.

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“In this environment, any questions about anything,” said Azzopardi. “Given that the federal Department of Justice and the White house have a long history of the use of this practice, maybe the FBI will investigate you, if this theatre is over.”

Azzopardi claimed that the process was lawful and noted that all the institutions whose wage and salary lists, which were used to pay, were employees within the Executive branch.

The time-Union reported that a couple of employees who were surveyed for the work of Cuomo’s office by FBI agents. The media outlet wrote, the practice was to spread a “very far” and Cuomo’s father, Mario Cuomo, the Governor of New York from 1983 to 1994, used the same tactics.

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Good-government groups criticized already for a long time state officials for what they say is a lack of transparency, so as to spend when it comes to state employment. Brandon Muir, executive director of the group Reclaim New York, welcomed the FBI’s interest in what he called “Albany’s dexterity. With the money of the taxpayers.”

Cuomo who is seeking a third term as Governor next year, was also mentioned as a possible White house contender in 2020.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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