ALBANY—The state Education Department has received a subpoena in connection with a probe by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara’s office into a number of energy-related state entities and developers, according to sources familiar with its contents.
The state Education Department is independent of the Cuomo administration. The subpoena seems to indicate that the federal investigation, which reportedly focuses on the Buffalo Billion project, entails a wide net.
A Bharara spokesman has declined to speak on the probe, which appears to focus on longtime Cuomo aide Joe Percoco as well as Todd Howe, a lobbyist and longtime Cuomo associate.
The subpoenas that have been issued touch on several pieces of the Cuomo administration’s energy policy.
The broad-based subpoena received by the education department names the Department of Public Service and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority as well as the New York Power Authority, according to the sources.
The education department crosses into energy policy with energy service contracts as well as through a solar initiative to put solar panels in schools.
This investigation into Cuomo's economic development programs gets bigger and bigger by the day.
Would love to see the look on Cuomo';s face every time he learns about another subpoena.
Because the more Preet subpoenas individuals and entities involved in Cuomo's economic development programs, the bigger the case he's building to eventually bring against some people.