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Cuomo's role as AG questioned in trooper probe

Published reports say a former state police superintendent accused then-Attorney General Andrew Cuomo of dissuading troopers from securing lawyers during a probe of their agency. That could have been an ethics violation. WAMC’s Dave Lucas has more…

The New York Times and the Times Union of Albany report Tuesday that former Superintendent Pedro Perez said Cuomo told him that appearing for questioning with lawyers would make it appear troopers had something to hide.

Cuomo disputes that account and says Perez was told veteran state police counsel Glenn Valle (VAL'-ee) couldn't be used because Valle would be questioned.

Cuomo was investigating then-Gov. David Paterson's claim a rogue unit operated in the agency.

Cuomo's spokesman couldn't immediately show how his office had authority to reject the troopers' requests, but said Valle's representation would have been a conflict.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.