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Cuomo To Establish Investigation into Board of Elections

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected Tuesday to establish a powerful investigative to examine the state Board of Elections and potential wrongdoing by legislators in campaign fundraising.

Cuomo outlined his plans two weeks ago after abandoning efforts this year at legislative reforms. That followed federal bribery and embezzlement charges filed against several state lawmakers.

The committee, established under New York’s anti-corruption Moreland Act, will have subpoena power and go after the influence of campaign contributions.

Similar panels ordered by governors over decades have resulted in lengthy corruption probes and arrests.

The New York Daily News reports that the commission will be chaired by Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice, Syracuse District Attorney William Fitzpatrick and attorney Milton Williams. It will include several other prosecutors.

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