Albany is again on edge with reports last week that several prominent players with access to Gov. Cuomo and other major state government figures are either cooperating with the feds or under investigation.
Anthony Bonomo, a big time donor to Gov. Cuomo and other state politicians in both parties and who was recently named by the governor as chairman of the New York Racing Association, last week was referenced (not by name) in the indictment against now former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R-Suffolk County) for allegedly giving the senator’s son a $100,000 no-show job.
And Steve Pigeon, a registered lobbyist and longtime Democratic operative from western New York who has done work for Cuomo, had his home raided by state and federal investigators as part of a probe into his fundraising activities.
Meanwhile, Charles Dorego, a top executive at Glenwood Management, has been cooperating with the feds in separate cases against Skelos and now former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. Influential lobbyist Brian Meara, who has close ties to Silver, has also been cooperating in the probe against the Manhattan Democrat.
“These are not just nobodys,” one insider said. “If there’s something to be known about the governor, his office or anyone else in Albany, they know it.”
There are many Perdido Street School blog readers skeptical that Preet will go after Cuomo.
I totally get that skepticism and share in some of it
But having watched the feds line up Dorego and now Bonomo as cooperating witnesses, with Pigeon about to be squeezed, and (perhaps) Skelos set to deal, I have to say, there's an awful lot of people who have dirt on Cuomo in the feds' clutches.
Not saying that means Preet's going after Cuomo.
But it appears he's going after somebody, doesn't it?
And these are all Cuomo cronies in one way or another.
Interesting times we live in.