BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) _ Gov. Andrew Cuomo is defending his handling of an anti-corruption commission, dismissing reports that his administration interfered with its work.
The Democrat's comments Monday in Buffalo were his first since The New York Times reported last week that a top Cuomo aide pressured commissioners to stop subpoenas to a media-buying firm Cuomo used and to a real estate organization whose members financially supported Cuomo's campaign.
Cuomo says the commission made its own decisions and that his office only offered suggestions. Cuomo created the commission a year ago and dismantled it this spring.
One of the commission's chairmen, Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick, said Monday that Cuomo's office never interfered.
U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara has questioned the disbanding of the commission and says his New York office will review its files.