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NYS Troopers Creating Gov. Controversy

Cuomo investigating alleged influencing of woman who accused aides of abuse

In this Feb. 9, 2010 file photo, Deputy Secretary for Public Safety Denise O'Donnell, left, listens as Gov. David Paterson speaks during a news conference at the Capitol in Albany, N.Y. O'Donnell resigned from her position in Paterson's administration on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The state troopers surrounding New York’s governor are again at the center of controversy rocking an administration in Albany.

The latest claims of political misuse of troopers has already prompted the resignation of a Cabinet member in charge of public safety and may yet snare the governor.


Attorney General Andrew Cuomo is investigating whether State Police improperly influenced a woman who accused one of the governor’s key aides of domestic abuse.

Two years ago, the governor’s detail was investigated after Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s contact with a prostitute at a Washington hotel, which led to Spitzer’s resignation. State police were also probed in claims the Spitzer administration used them to track political enemies.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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