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Cox continues criticizing Cuomo on Moreland Commission

By Robert J. McCarthy

   State Republican Chairman Edward F. Cox is not letting up on his criticism of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and his handling of the Moreland Commission to probe corruption that Cuomo appointed last year.
   Cox again on Monday called on Cuomo to reveal who in his administration may have interfered with commission investigations, after Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara asked for files of the commission the governor recently disbanded.
   "Andrew Cuomo's meddling corrupted his own corruption commission," Cox said. "The governor must reveal who in his office interfered with the Moreland Commission, how they did so and for what reasons."
   Cox last month also rapped Cuomo and his commission for looking the other way on close political allies like Buffalo political operative G. Steven Pigeon after the state Board of Elections voted unanimously to probe the WNY Progressive Caucus -- a political committee that last year raised money for opponents of Erie County Democratic Headquarters and that has close ties to Pigeon.
     Cox then referred to several complaints registered with the Moreland Commission about the caucus, to which Pigeon contributed $100,000 of his own money, and which spent $267,000 overall in support of candidates opposed by Headquarters (which has never enjoyed a close relationship with the Cuomo political operation in recent years).

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