YONKERS - Gov. Andrew Cuomo broke his silence Monday about allegations that he used his power to influence a corruption panel that he created.
A recent New York Times article says Cuomo's top aide pressured commissioners not to investigate some of his campaign donors and supporters before the panel was abruptly disbanded.
U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara says his office will review the files.
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The governor insisted that the now-defunct Moreland Commission made its own decisions and that his office only offered suggestions. Cuomo also said the commission was independent, though in the past he had said the commission was not independent of his office.
Rockland DA Tom Zugibe, who was on the commission, released a statement saying, "At no time during my tenure with the commission did I ever threaten to resign. This blue ribbon group, under the guidance of the co-chairs, did incredible work."
Voters have 99 days before they head to the polls to determine who will be the next governor. It could take the U.S. Attorney's office about six months to investigate, so voters may not have any answers before Election Day.