Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s new panel to investigate corrupt lawmakers was challenged Thursday by academic and former Assemblyman Richard Brodsky, who says the law doesn’t allow the executive branch to directly investigate another branch.
Cuomo says he can avoid that prohibition by investigating through the Board of Elections. The state Attorney General’s Office declined to comment, but referred to the law. The law is less clear about whether that probe can extend to people, such as legislators, who interact with those agencies.