By Tom Precious
ALBANY -- Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver wants the world, or maybe just Gov. Andrew Cuomo, to know that he's not stirring up any trouble when it comes to questions about whether a state anti-corruption panel should take a look at Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy.
With lawmakers and Cuomo battling over the legal authority of the governor's Moreland Commission, there has been grumbling within legislative quarters that maybe the anti-corruption panel ought to take a look at Duffy and his recent job interview with a Rochester business group. Duffy also chairs the regional economic development councils that give out hundreds of millions of dollars annually to local groups around the state for job creation efforts.
But Silver issued a statement this afternoon that offered nothing but praise for the governor's lieutenant.
Silver said: "I have known and worked with Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy for many years, first as Rochester’s chief of police and later as that city’s mayor, and he has always been a strong advocate for his community. It has been my privilege to serve with him for nearly three years and my admiration for his skill and energy has only grown.
"Unquestionably, Bob Duffy has done an outstanding job as lieutenant governor both in representing the Cuomo administration and in addressing the interests and concerns expressed by New Yorkers in every region of our state. I consider Bob a friend and colleague who brings integrity and character to our government and I hope he will continue to serve our state for many years to come.''
The New York Post today reported that Democratic and Republican legislators are gearing up to ask the Moreland Commission to look at Duffy. It comes after Ed Cox, the state GOP chairman, last week called on the Moreland Commission to investigate Duffy for any possible conflicts regarding his job interview and his administration's duties.
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