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Cuomo and Lopez

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At a campaign event on Long Island this morning, I asked Andrew Cuomo how embattled lawmaker Vito Lopez ended up at some of his campaign events and if he had any objections to Lopez's presence.

Cuomo didn't answer the second part of the question, and said matter-of-factly, "I was visiting a number of Jewish rabbis yesterday in Brooklyn. At a couple of the visits, Vito Lopez was also visiting the rabbi and that was the extent of it."

Cuomo's office is reviewing the non-profit Lopez founded for possible financial mismanagement, as are the federal authorities. The state and city comptrollers are also combing through the organization's paperwork.