NEW Ethics Board promotes criminal referral over potential leak to Cuomo

The New York State Ethics Supervisory Commission on Thursday called on New York Attorney General Letitia James to investigate the identity of the person who may have illegally leaked information from a closed-door meeting in 2019 to the then government. Andrew Cuomo, according to reports.

The alleged leak revealed details regarding a vote on a potential criminal investigation into former Cuomo aide Joe Percoco, the local news media Spectrum News 1 reported.

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The leak surfaced after Percoco was convicted in a federal bribery case in 2019, in which the Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) held a closed-door vote on whether to start its own investigation into the aide’s actions.

The Commission ultimately did not vote to investigate Percoco individually, but the alleged leak to Cuomo’s office triggered an investigation by the Inspector General’s Office.

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In a separate vote Thursday, JCOPE further asked the law firm to investigate how the state inspector general handled the alleged leak.

If the New York Attorney General’s Office accepts the criminal referrals, it will investigate who provided Cuomo’s office with legally protected information about the commission’s vote and whether the Inspector General’s Office slowed down the investigation.

The commission is made up of nominees from the governor and members of the state legislature who oversee ethics and lobbying in New York, the local publication noted.

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Thursday’s decision to forward two criminal referrals to the Justice Department comes as the commission reportedly faces an inquiry from state lawmakers who believe the body should function more independently of the government.

Fox News could not immediately reach the New York Attorney General’s office for comment.

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