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The FBI is Investigating New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo

The feds are looking into whether Cuomo hired employees to work in the governor’s office while paying them through various state agencies’ funds.

By NTK Staff | 12.08.2017 @4:00pm
The FBI is Investigating New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is investigating hiring practices in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s (D-NY) administration, the Albany Times Union reported Friday.

Investigators are seeking to learn whether Cuomo’s administration hired employees to work in the governor’s office “while paying them through various state agencies and public authorities.”

The practice has allowed Cuomo to expand the size and scope of the governor’s office and simultaneously avoid criticism of “inflating the Executive Chamber budget.”

One type of evidence being explored by the FBI, sources said, are the written notifications that are sent by agencies or authorities to the governor’s office informing them of a new hire.

In at least some instances, those letters have stated an employee would be working for the agency or authority – when the intention was for them to work for Cuomo’s office, according to a person with knowledge of the matter.

According to the report, the FBI is also investigating whether the hired employee does any work at all for the agency or authority that actually pays them.

The Times Union reported in 2016 that 40 percent of Cuomo’s administration was in fact paid by agencies or authorities outside of the Executive Chamber. “At the time, 89 of 209 Executive Chamber employees were actually on agency of authority budget lines,” the paper wrote.

Another hiring spike occurred in March, when Cuomo announced 27 new hires or promotions. “All but a handful of the hires were to Executive Chamber jobs, but the Executive Chamber was actually paying five of those people.”

A Cuomo spokesman called the FBI’s probe “absurd.”

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