Cuomo Wants New Anti-Corruption Enforcement Unit

Tuesday, Apr 16, 2013  |  Updated 5:04 PM EDT
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Cuomo Wants New Anti-Corruption Enforcement Unit

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed a powerful new enforcement unit to crack down on campaign abuses and corruption.

Cuomo wants an enforcer with subpoena power to investigate schemes like trying to buy elections, abuses a federal prosecutor has said are widespread in Albany.

Those duties could fall to Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. But Cuomo says he wants an independent investigator instead, which he would appoint. The choice would be subject to Senate confirmation and Schneiderman could be a fallback.

Cuomo also appeared willing Tuesday to accept further campaign reforms without a voluntary system of public financing for campaigns. Senate Republicans have been critical of the measure strongly supported by Democrats in the Legislature.

A liberal national group is trying to pressure Cuomo on the issue by targeting presidential primary voters.

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