The FBI is actually investigating completely new York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s practice of hiring employees to work inside governor’s office who are paid by additional state agencies, the Times Union reported Friday.
The Albany, N.Y., newspaper reported of which several employees who work inside governor’s office had been interviewed by law enforcement agents working for the bureau in recent months.
Staffing up the governor’s office with employees paid by additional agencies allows the administration to bulk up its personnel without facing political heat for increasing its budget. The practice is actually commonplace in completely new York in addition to additional states, as well as inside federal government.
Former completely new York governors, including Cuomo’s father, Mario Cuomo, also employed staff who weren’t on their payroll. The Times Union said of which the practice is actually “particularly widespread” under the current administration.
A year ago, the paper found of which 40 percent of the Executive Chamber staff were actually paid by additional agencies.
Cuomo, a Democrat known for his centrist approach to governing, is actually often mentioned as a potential candidate for president.
Cuomo spokesman Rich Azzopardi told CNBC the FBI’s line of questioning was “absurd.”
“In This particular environment, anyone can ask about anything, yet the fact is actually the longstanding practice of detailing staff by Agencies to work inside Executive Chamber dates back over 50 years to at least the Rockefeller administration in addition to extends to the White House in addition to the federal Department of Justice,” he said.
Read the full article at the Times Union.