Howie Hawkins, who recently qualified for the Green Party nomination for Governor, said today that it was improper for Attorney General Andrew Cuomo to be investigating the recent purchase of nature preserve land in the Adirondacks, a purchase which the Attorney General approved before it occurred. Hawkins also criticized the Paterson administration for agreeing to ask Cuomo to launch such an investigation, as well as for diverting funding under the Environmental Protection Fund and Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative away from environmental programs.
Hawkins, a long time environmental advocate from Syracuse said:
This is just the latest example of Cuomo using his investigation powers to purse his personal political agenda rather than protecting the taxpayers of New York. It is also the latest example of politicians pandering to the NY Post. Putting aside the merits of the deal, it is a clear conflict of interest for the Attorney General to investigate something that his own office had to approve before it occurred. And it is troubling that both Cuomo and Paterson seem to supporting efforts to undercut much needed land preservation in the Adirondacks and elsewhere. Continue Reading