Lawmakers Propose Investigation of State Police

Monday, March 01, 2010

Two New York lawmakers are moving to prevent the governor's office from abusing access to the state police. State Sen. Eric Adams says he and Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries are proposing an investigation because of revelations that the Paterson administration may have inappropriately turned to state troopers in a domestic abuse episode involving the governor's aide.

"We may have to remove the state police from under the governor's control," Adams says. "We may have to put it under the area of civilian control or another agency. Those are the things that we have to look at."

Adams says instances of political interference go back through the Spitzer and Pataki administrations. His legislation would empanel a commission with subpoena power. Nine of its members would be appointed by the chief judge of the state court of appeals, with the remainder appointed by the legislature.

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