By Tom Precious
ALBANY -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo called the criminal corruption charges brought this morning against Sen. Malcolm Smith "horrific and very troubling if true.''
Cuomo, in an editorial board meeting this afternoon with The Buffalo News, noted the conspiracy charges brought against Smith, a Queens Democrat, for trying to engage in a bribery scheme to help him get on the GOP ballot to run for New York City mayor.
"So, obviously, if it's true, it's very, very troubling,'' Cuomo said.
Cuomo talked of the public corruption cases his office brought when he was state attorney general. "I made it a real focus of cleaning up Albany. You're talking about losing the public's trust during the budget process ... So there is zero tolerance for violations of the public trust. We need to find out what the facts absolutely are.''