Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Gov. Andrew Cuomo at a 2014 campaign rally. Photo: David McGlynn
NYAG SCHNEIDERMAN IGNORED ALBANY CORRUPTION (CUOMO'S BAILIWICK)
Ever since powerful Albany pol, Sheldon Silvers, arrest, theres been nothing more thunderous in New York than the silence of the states top lawman, Eric Schneiderman. For years Assembly Speaker Silver monetized public office why should it have taken a federal prosecutor to bring him down? Why wasnt it New Yorks attorney general Schneiderman? Schneiderman has said before that "state laws dont give him much power to prosecute crooked pols." But even if its true, the excuse doesnt wash in this case.
When Gov. Cuomo set up the Moreland Commission to probe systemic public corruption and the appearance of such corruption in state government, political campaigns and elections in New York State, commission members were deputized under Attorney General Schneiderman. This was done specifically to give them the authority to investigate the Legislature. Gov. Cuomo later shut down the Moreland Commission before it could finish its work as we can see by corruption charges against Silver. He did so, moreover, after his own staff had been pressuring Moreland investigators against some subpoenas theyd wanted to send out.
Which leaves us with questions. First is whether the governor in fact had the authority to take these powers from Schneidermans deputies in the middle of their investigation. Even if he did, why wasnt Schneiderman screaming to high heaven about what was happening to his deputies?
Its not like Schneiderman to be shy about asking for more power......after criticism of grand jury-decisions in Staten Island and Missouri over police actions that left African-American men dead, AG Schneiderman asked for the power to investigate and prosecute cops involved in altercations with civilians. But when it came to Albanys sleaze, NYAG Schneiderman looked the other way. Theres more charges coming. Every charge proven will also be an indictment of Eric Schneidermans dereliction of duty.
NOTE: AN HOUR AFTER THE STORY SURFACED, CUOMO UNCEREMONIOUSLY DUMPED SCHNEIDERMAN indicating Cuomo KNEW.
Cuomo not taking the cop-out stance of "giving the guy a chance to explain himself" speaks volumes.
SCHNEIDERMAN'S SEXUAL DEVIANCY----spitting at, slapping and choking women he was intimate with was WELL-KNOWN IN POLITICAL CIRCLES.
Could be the jaded pols got vicarious thrills by Schneiderman recounting his abuse to them.
If Gillibrand "believed" Schneiderman, probably everythng else she "believes" is fraudulent.