Cuomo says the amount of money spent on prosecuting the investigation “leaves less for other things like school funding and education jobs”.
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New York governor Andrew Cuomo says he was surprised by the “political timing” of charges that the state’s attorney general used fake names in a 2016 cyber attacks probe, but is sticking by his decision to fire her aide.
Cuomo fired his staff chief, Kevin O’Brien, two weeks ago after allegations were made about former top aide Todd Howe.
Public Advocate Letitia James, who Cuomo appointed after she and others were attacked in a false foreign-attacker probe in 2016, is urging an investigation to find out if he violated New York’s campaign-finance laws.
Cuomo fired her former staff chief, Kevin O’Brien, two weeks ago after allegations were made about former top aide Todd Howe
James spoke during a gubernatorial debate as she campaigns for the Democratic nomination to run for governor next year.
Cuomo has been criticized by some New Yorkers who said his firing of top aide Joe Percoco, who was accused of taking bribes from an investor in one of his businesses, unnecessarily delayed the case.
Federal prosecutors had charged Percoco in August but did not call him to testify before a grand jury until Monday, as part of charges they brought in state court against Howe and a lobbyist.
John Murphy, the former chair of the New York State Republican Party, said Cuomo’s decision shows a “profound lack of leadership.”
The Republican National Committee said the lawsuit shows that not only was Cuomo “dangerously politically weak” but his staff was “corrupt.”
In a message posted to Twitter, Cuomo’s running mate, Columbia County District Attorney Ben Lawsky, wrote that what he called the “public embarrassment” Cuomo faced from the Percoco case has not been solved.
A spokeswoman for James said it’s unclear what happened and the public prosecutor should investigate.