According to a report in the Albany Times Union late last week, the FBI is investigating the Cuomo Administration’s practice of hiring employees to work in the Governor’s office, while actually paying them through various state agencies and public authorities.

For decades, New York governors have placed Executive Chamber employees on the payrolls of other state entities.  This practice has enabled them to increase the size of their staffs while avoiding criticism for increasing the Executive Chamber’s budget. It is not clear what criminal law or laws might have been violated by the hiring practice.

The Times Union said that FBI agents “have interviewed a number of people who work for the governor’s office” about their hiring practices, but noted that “it is unclear what criminal law might have been violated” by the hiring practice.

A spokesperson for the Governor said that it is “absurd” that the FBI would be looking into how the employees are paid, and he noted that the FBI’s document request “was sent months ago.” He said:

“The agencies are all part of the same executive branch, and this administration follows the exact same lawful hiring process we inherited from previous administrations stretching back decades.”