Andrew Cuomo’s days as governor may be winding down, but there’s no end to possible probes into his scandals: This week, three Republican members of a state ethics panel asked the Assembly Judiciary Committee to open yet another one.
The three, who serve on the Joint Commission on Public Ethics, want to know who illegally divulged to Cuomo how panel members voted in 2019 on whether to investigate the gov’s close aide Joseph Percoco — and whether the gov’s inspector general’s office covered it up.
Leaking such info is a misdemeanor, and a coverup — the IG’s office claimed it couldn’t find the leaker but never interviewed the key players — is just as bad.
Coverups are classic Cuomo: He hid data and lied about nursing-home deaths, shut down the anti-corruption Moreland Commission when it threatened to probe him and once even called the White House to rein in then-US Attorney Preet Bharara, The New Yorker reports.
If Cuomo’s IG covered up wrongdoing, responsible officials should pay a hefty price. Meanwhile, Speaker Carl Heastie has now promised to complete the Judiciary Committee’s probe into several other Cuomo scandals, those involving the sexual-harassment allegations, nursing homes, using state resources for his book and yet another possible coverup, of safety issues at the Mario M. Cuomo Bridge.
Heastie appeared set to end the probes but changed course after criticism. Wise move. A lot of New Yorkers want accountability on all loose ends.
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