By Tom Precious
ALBANY -- U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, who has launched probes into corruption in Albany, has sent a subpoena to the state Joint Commission on Public Ethics seeking information about allegations against public officials and lobbyists the agency has received since being created about two years ago.
Citing unnamed sources, the New York Post and Daily News both reported this afternoon that the Manhattan-based federal prosecutor wants information about probes JCOPE has conducted involving state officials, lawmakers and lobbyists.
The latest probe by Bharara comes just weeks after he sought -- and got -- a truckload of materials from an anti-corruption panel that Gov. Andrew Cuomo formed last year and shut down after cutting deals with lawmakers as part of the budget for a limited, pilot program for taxpayer-funded campaigns and tougher anti-bribery penalties. Bharara has raised questions about Cuomo eliminating the Moreland Commission at a time when the panel still had open investigations underway.
John Milgrim, a JCOPE spokesman, declined comment other than to say that his agency "routinely works with other law enforcement agencies on various cases.''