New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has appointed state Inspector General Ellen Biben to review testing procedures and protocols of a suburban police department crime lab that was closed after revelations that it was generating inaccurate measurements in drug cases.
Cuomo spokesman Josh Vlasto said in a statement Friday that the inspector general's office has the resources to conduct the review without incurring further taxpayer costs.
Nassau County officials shut the crime lab last week after discovering the problems. Police supervisors were aware of the inaccuracies months before a national accrediting agency placed the lab on probation in December.
The county's district attorney applauded Cuomo's decision to pick the inspector general.
The inspector general's office investigates allegations of corruption, fraud, criminal activity and other abuses by state officials and employees.