The office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is defending the administration's hiring practices amid scrutiny by the FBI.
The Albany Times-Union reported Friday that FBI investigators have questioned people who were hired to work for the governor, but who on paper were listed as working for other state agencies.
Governor Cuomo's spokesman Rich Azzopardi confirmed Friday that the administration received a subpoena months ago and has cooperated by providing documents.
Azzopardi called the investigation a "charade."
He said the practice dates back 50 years, is lawful and was used by both Republican and Democratic governors.
An FBI spokesperson declined to comment to the Associated Press.
7 Eyewitness News has independently reached out to Governor Cuomo's press office and has not yet heard back for a comment.