Cuomo: 'Everybody Wants the Facts' on Bridge-gate

Saturday, 18 Jan 2014 06:14 PM

By Steven P. Marsh

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In his first remarks about bridge-gate, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo kept his distance Saturday from the traffic-jam scandal engulfing New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s administration.

Cuomo spoke when pressed by reporters Saturday for answers about the scandal over lane closures at the George Washington Bridge, which connects the two states, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Patrick Foye, Cuomo's appointee at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, raised concerns about the closures in a strongly worded Sept. 13 internal email, saying the action might have violated state and federal laws.

"Everybody wants the same thing, everybody wants the facts.” Cuomo told reporters Saturday after giving a keynote address at the Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network headquarters in Harlem. “They want to know what happened."

Cuomo, a Democrat, and Christie, a Republican, share control of the authority, of which Foye is the executive director.

Cuomo avoided criticizing his New Jersey counterpart, saying "I think Gov. Christie made it clear that he is very displeased with what happened."

Cuomo declined to discuss how much communication he’s had with Christie since emails were released showing that Christie's deputy chief of staff authorized the lane closures, Politico reports.

“I speak to the governor because we have a lot of joint activities, obviously, going on between our states," Mr. Cuomo said.

Many people familiar with New York politics, who did not want to be identified, told Politico they doubted Foye would have sent that email and continued to have had such an active role, without extensive contact with Cuomo’s office.

Cuomo’s office, however, said Foye informed them of the email only after it was sent.

“Pat Foye acted independently and responsibly,” said a Cuomo aide.

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