NY Lawmakers Challenge State Police Accountability

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The push to make the New York State Police more accountable as an agency is gaining steam. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

REPORTER: Under legislation now pending in Albany the State Police Superintendent, like the Director of the FBI, would serve for a ten year term and be subject to dismissal by a majority vote of the legislature. Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries says the misuse of the State Police runs through the Pataki, Spitzer and Paterson Administrations.

JEFFRIES: Some state troopers have been subjected to improper political influence and in fact have engaged in acts that undermine the very fabric of our democracy.

REPORTER: Last year, a report by Attorney General Andrew Cuomo found that as far back as the early 90s troopers interfered with politically sensitive probes outside their jurisdiction. Currently, the State Police are the subject of a probe. Former Chief Judge Judith Kaye is investigating charges that members of Governor Paterson's State Police detail interfered in a domestic violence case involving one of his top aides.