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Cuomo Mum on Ethics Probe of State's No. 2 Senator

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Governor Andrew Cuomo remained mum Wednesday about a possible ethics probe of the state’s No. 2 ranking senator by a new watchdog group.

The newly formed Joint Commission on Public Ethics is pursuing a complaint against state Senate Republican Thomas Libous after it was alleged he improperly sought a job for his son at a law firm.  

“It is a procedural matter,” Cuomo said Wednesday. “Now the process is underway and they’ll come up with a result and whatever it is, it is.”

Libous' political rival, Matthew Ryan, the Democratic mayor of Binghamton, lodged the complaint.

On Tuesday, JCOPE board member Ravi Batra said the leak apparently was from the commission and must be investigated. He wouldn't confirm or deny the press report regarding Libous.

Republican state Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, who appoints members to JCOPE's board, called any probe of Libous "all garbage."

Skelos said someone in the commission "committed a crime by leaking this information."