The FBI is investigating the Cuomo administration practice of hiring employees to work in the governor’s office while paying them through various state agencies and public authorities, according to a report by the Albany Times-Union.
A spokesman for Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo dismissed the reported probe on Friday as “absurd,” since the practice of hiring Executive Chamber personnel and charging their salaries to other state agencies and authorities dates to the days of Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller.
“The long standing practice of detailing staff from agencies to work in the Executive Chamber dates back over 50 years to at least the Rockefeller administration and extends to the White House and federal Department of Justice,” spokesman Richard Azzopardi told the Times-Union.
But the newspaper noted the practice allows Cuomo and other governors to increase the size of their staffs while avoiding criticism for the expense.
Here is a link to the Times-Union story