By Tom Precious
ALBANY –- After weeks of growing tensions between the executive and legislative branches, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Senate co-leader Dean Skelos met face to face Wednesday to try to end their war of words and legal tussles.
Neither side was talking about the private session. It came after lawyers for the Senate Republican Campaign Committee, controlled by Skelos, last week filed a court challenge seeking to block Cuomo’s Moreland Commission from gathering internal documents about the financial workings of the committee.
The Moreland Commission, appointed by Cuomo, has been scathing in its criticisms of the Senate Republicans for not cooperating with its work. Senate Republicans said in court papers the Moreland subpoena seeking information about their political activities crossed legal lines.
One scenario insiders suggest: a deal struck by Cuomo and Skelos, and then with Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, to enact some sort of additional improvements in the state’s ethics and campaign finance laws. In return, the Moreland Commission would go away. Of course, that was a scenario outlined more than a month ago before relations between the two branches worsened.
The meeting between Cuomo and Skelos came the same day as the governor hit the Catskills and Binghamton area to celebrate voter approval of his casino expansion plan, a tour that included pro-casino Senate Republicans in those areas giving shout-outs to the governor.
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