Attorney General Andrew Cuomo recuses himself from Gov. Paterson probes
March 11, 2010
(ChattahBox) – To avoid later recriminations, state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo says he’s removing himself from his office’s two investigations into the Paterson Administration. Cuomo has appointed New York State’s widely respected former chief judge, Judith Kaye, as special counsel in his investigation of Governor David Paterson. Kaye, who was appointed as chief judge to the Court of Appeals by Cuomo’s father, will lead the probe of whether Gov. Paterson or the State Police influenced a Bronx woman to drop a domestic violence case against a top aide to the governor. She will also look into whether Gov. Paterson lied under oath to an ethics panel about getting free tickets to a Yankees World Series game. The move by Cuomo, who’s expected to run for fellow Democrat Paterson’s office, allows him to do so without being accused of any bias for political reasons. In his executive order naming Kaye, he said every effort must be taken to promote “public confidence” and that the investigations are being conducted fairly.