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Updated: Saturday, May 16 2015, 01:32 PM EDT
Albany, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been busy in recent days, speaking out against campus sexual assaults, touting an education tax credit and visiting the site of a nuclear power plant fire.
Albany’s ongoing political meltdown, however, is proving harder to address, even as it prompts questions about Cuomo’s ties to a real estate developer at the center of the most recent corruption scandal.
Former Senate Leader Dean Skelos is charged with extorting payments for his son from the developer, who is one of Cuomo’s top donors. Skelos is fighting the charges.
Cuomo initially said he had not discussed state business with the developer, but his staff acknowledged that they met three times in 2011 to discuss rent regulations.
Cuomo’s spokesman says the governor simply forgot.
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