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NYSNYS NEWS: Cuomo has little to say about donor Bonomo stepping aside from top NYRA post after he is tied to Skelos bribery case.
NYSNYS News
NYSNYS NEWS: Cuomo has little to say about donor Bonomo stepping aside from top NYRA post after he is tied to Skelos bribery case.

By Kyle Hughes
NYSNYS News


ALBANY, N.Y. (June 3) -- At an event on Long Island Wednesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo had little to say about the latest crisis to hit NYRA, board chair Anthony Bonomo being swept up into the bribery and extortion case involving former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and his son, Adam.

Asked if Bonomo should resign, Cuomo replied "I think he took a leave of absence."

Asked to comment further, Cuomo would only say "I support NYRA's decision and his decision." He then repeated the same comment when asked a second time if Bonomo should resign from the board. "I support NYRA's decision and his decision."

Bonomo was put in charge of NYRA at Cuomo's direction. He is one of Cuomo's political supporters and campaign donors. He has not been accused of any wrongdoing, but has been named along with many others in investigations that have rocked state government since the start of the year. Skelos's son is alleged to have taken a $100,000 a year no show job at the medical malpractice insurance company Bonomo runs.

Cuomo also did not have much to say when asked for assurances the upcoming Belmont Stakes will not experience the kind of transportation breakdowns seen in 2014.

"Im sure everybody remembers what happened at the Belmont Stakes last year, I know that the MTA and NYRA have been working on it since then and hopefully we'll have a different result. I was there and it was wholly unacceptable last year.

He said the impact of the Belmont on the region was "huge" and said a win by American Pharoah would only add to the benefits New York derives from hosting the third leg of the thoroughbred championship event. "The Triple Crown would be the cherry on the cake."

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