Cuomo addresses whistleblower complaint about ethics panel leak, denies wrongdoing

Cuomo addresses whistleblower complaint about ethics panel leak, denies wrongdoing


ALBANY ― Gov. Cuomo claims he had no “inappropriate” conversations with Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie in the wake of a closed-door vote the state ethics panel held related to his disgraced aide Joseph Percoco  Questions have been raised about a complaint made earlier this year by a former commissioner on the Joint Commission on Public Ethics, who alleged a leak from someone else on the panel led a Heastie staffer to contact her about concerns relayed to the Speaker from the governor Advertisement  A state’s Inspector General probe failed to substantiate the claim  Cuomo, addressing the matter for the first time in public, alluded to an earlier statement made by an aide as he denied any malfeasance and said the only person who did anything wrong was the alleged leaker “The Speaker and I were asked this question, we said that we’ve never had an inappropriate conversation about JCOPE,” Cuomo said “Remember, legally, the only legal obligation is on the commissioners not to disclose That’s why they talked to the commissioners, because the commissioners are the only one who have a legal obligation ” [More Politics] Judge lets Don McGahn avoid testifying for now, as Trump administration appeals impeachment ruling »  The supposed leak came to light when Cuomo allegedly contacted Heastie regarding the confidential January vote related to a possible probe of Percoco, the governor’s former top aide convicted on corruption charges in 2016  Julie Garcia, Heastie’s pick, told former JCOPE Executive Director Seth Agata she was concerned because she was contacted after the deliberations by someone in the speaker’s office Agata then filed a complaint with the inspector general’s office, the Albany Times Union first reported

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