Two state agencies that supported and provided key approvals for state energy projects involved in a federal investigation into improper lobbying and undisclosed conflicts of interest have been subpoenaed as part of the probe, according to a source.
The state Public Service Commission and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority were issued the subpoenas last week, the source said.
Spokespersons for both agencies said they “cannot comment on a pending investigation.” A spokesman for Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, which is conducting the investigation, also declined to comment.
On April 29 federal investigators issued a subpoena to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s office seeking records and documents related to a probe of one of the governor’s signature economic-development projects called the Buffalo Billion. Investigators also sought records involving a power plant proposed in the Hudson Valley by Maryland-based Competitive Power Ventures.
Governor Cuomo offered a new line of defense in a Q&A with reporters today:
.@NYGovCuomo is sounding more and more like Sergeant Schultz. https://t.co/gVt9xdNNoI pic.twitter.com/tNXrOrEkmU— Jim Heaney (@JimHeaney) May 10, 2016
Also, Sullio noticed the following:
Cuomo blinks when he's lying. https://t.co/iXTenPK5SU— Sullio (@sullio) May 10, 2016
Awful lot of subpoenas out to state agencies, the governor's office, former Cuomo aides and associates, current Cuomo associates, Cuomo donors - the list goes on.
Notice what all the links are between all of these individuals and entities?