Albany DA: I’m cooperating with investigation

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Albany County District Attorney P. David Soares says he’s cooperating fully with the federal probe into the state’s recently shuttered anti-corruption commission but says publicly commenting about it would be irresponsible to the ongoing investigation.

Soares was questioned by reporters at a public appearance Tuesday in Albany. He was one of 25 commission members appointed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo last year to investigate pay-for-play politics in Albany.

Soares declined to say whether the governor’s office tried to influence him regarding the commission’s work, while acknowledging both documents and emails among commissioners have been subpoenaed by federal prosecutors.

The governor’s office has denied reports that it tried to block commission subpoenas to Cuomo allies, saying it offered advice but didn’t interfere in the commission’s choice of targets.

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