Albany, N.Y. (WKBW-TV) On the front page of Wednesday's New York Times, a headline alleging that Governor Andrew Cuomo blocked attempts by his own special corruption commission from investigating groups with ties to the governor himself.
"[It's] supposed to be a panel to find and root out the cultural corruption in Albany which is rampant, he interfered with it, he diverted from investigating interests that involved him. In fact, had his senior officials quash subpoenas," said Nick Langworthy, Chair of the Erie County GOP.
"The US Attorney either from the southern district, Preet Bharara or even our own US Attorney, Bill Hochul should step up and investigate this right away."
The Governor's office issued a 13 page response to the Times' story, making a number of points.
First on the list, they addressed what they call the articles "fundamental assertion" that the commission was independent.
They say it was not and that no Moreland Commission can be independent from the Governor's office.
The response goes on to say:
"It is purely a creation of the Governor's power under the law, which vests subpoena power in the Governor or his designee."
It continues on to answer specific questions set forth in the article.
Langworthy believes the allegations are a game changer for the upcoming election and its hot topics.
"You have issues like the Governor's ramming through the New York Safe Act in the dead of midnight...you have common core... now you have Albany corruption and this is something that just won't go away."