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Feds take last of panel’s anti-corruption cases

ALBANY (AP) — Federal prosecutors are taking the remaining files of New York’s anti-corruption commission as the panel shuts down, and they plan to complete the state investigations, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said Thursday.

Bharara’s Manhattan office will move aggressively to complete the Moreland commission’s “important and unfinished work” investigating New York political corruption, he said. In a letter to commissioners Wednesday, he called the closing “premature,” but noted that they have agreed to provide him the “investigative files and all relevant materials.”

“The bottom line for us is we are prosecutors and care deeply about public corruption,” Bharara said. “We just want to get our hands on the files.”

In a radio interview Thursday, Bharara declined to say whether his investigation will extend to Gov. Andrew Cuomo in light of a New York Times report that some top Cuomo aides meddled in the work of the supposedly independent commission, created by the governor. Bharara told WNYC’s Brian Lehrer that he and his investigators will go wherever the facts lead.