Niagara Gazette

Opinion

May 1, 2014

GLYNN: Cox wants probe of Cuomo's meddling

Niagara Gazette — State Republican Chairman Ed Cox wants the U.S. attorney and the Joint Commission on Public Ethics to look into the possibility that Gov. Cuomo crossed the line in meddling with the Moreland Commission that he appointed to probe corruption on Capitol Hill in Albany. 

In a recent article in Crain’s New York, Cuomo was quoted as describing the Moreland panel as “my commission.” Cuomo’s reply to Cox’s charges “It’s my commission. Was I interfering? I can’t interfer with it because it is mine. It is controlled by me.” The governor sounds more like the boss of Tammany Hall that the state Chief Executive.

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BATTLE FOR VIEWERS: Countless Western New York residents fondly remember Buffalo native Tim Russert who dominated the Sunday morning news ratings as moderator of the once-popular “Meet the Press” on the NBC network. He often claimed an audience 40 percent larger than his rivals until his shocking death in 2008.

Russert’s successor, David Gregory, is struggling with his show, ranked third in the top networks. In his first place now is CBS’s “Face the Nation,” with host Bob Schieffer, 77, who might be described as a disciple of Walter Cronkite, the legendary anchor man who died at age 92 in 2009. In second place is “This Week with George Stephanopoulos on ABC.

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A GOOD TIME: Looking for something both adults and the kids can do this weekend? Visit the Erie Canal Discovery Center, 24 Church St., Lockport, where “1825 Family Fun” will be held Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. It’s all part of the opening of the Erie Canal and the Lockport Locks for the season. Admission to the museum is $6 (adults), $5 (senior citizens).

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HELPING HANDS DEPT.: Don’t forget Saturday is “I Love My Park” day where volunteers are needed to help spruce up regional state parks and trails. If interested, visit: ptny.org/ilovemypark. Maybe the weather will even help for a change.

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