Governor Cuomo discusses North Shore project and Moreland Commission

Updated: 08/05/2014 6:26 PM
Created: 08/04/2014 5:00 AM WHEC.com

Three-million dollars -- that's how much of your state tax dollars are going to a development project along Canandaigua Lake. Governor Andrew Cuomo was in Canandaigua to announce the kickoff of the North Shore project on Tuesday.

The plans call for transforming 21 acres of property into residential retail and commercial space. Today Governor Cuomo announced $1.5-million that's coming in addition to the $1.5-million already designated for the project.

The North Shore Development is expected to create 175 permanent jobs and 400 construction jobs.

After Governor Cuomo spoke about the North Shore project, he was once again asked about the anti-corruption  Moreland Commission and allegations that his office interfered with the commission’s work.

“The US Attorney in New York City is now looking into the operations of the commission, and I think that should be respected, and I don’t think public dialogue on the matter is helpful right now,” said Governor Cuomo.

Federal prosecutors got involved after the governor disbanded the commission, leaving several corruption investigations unresolved.

The US attorney now wants to know if anyone in the governor’s inner circle was trying to steer commissioner away from investigating groups with ties to Cuomo.

Brett: “Have you been asked to speak with the US Attorney on this matter?”

Governor Cuomo: “No, I have not, but I’ve told all my people that everybody should cooperate with anything he wants to know.”

But Cuomo has hired an attorney to represent his office in the ongoing probe, so why did he need representation?

“Just because there’s a lot of going back and forth, and we needed one,” said Cuomo.

Assembly minority leader Brian Kolb says he is withholding judgment on whether he believes the Governor’s office interfered with the commission.

“Let’s see what they come out with, and then we’ll have better answers. But if it’s true, that’s a real concern,” said Kolb.

The Moreland Commission allegations appear to be having an effect on voters in New York. A new Marist poll shows Governor Cuomo’s favorability ratings have slipped five points to 53%, but he still leads comfortably over his republican opponent.


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