AG Raids Office of Lobbyist Tied to Cuomo

ALBANY (AP) -

The New York attorney general’s office on Thursday raided an office on SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s Albany campus formerly used by Todd Howe, a lobbyist with deep connections to Gov. Andrew Cuomo who also is under scrutiny by federal authorities.

The raid comes as Howe and another former top Cuomo aide are being investigated by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara for possible conflicts of interest related to Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion economic development initiative.

Howe’s attorney, Richard Morvillo, said the office searched “was not Mr. Howe’s office, but rather office space he was permitted to use from time to time in connection with the consulting services he provided to the client.”

Howe and former Cuomo confidant Joe Percoco are at the center of an increasingly complicated investigation into the Buffalo Billion initiative and Nano, the governor’s effort to attract high-tech nanotechnology jobs. Cuomo has vowed to “throw the book” at anyone found to have broken the law.