YONKERS, NY — May 15, 2018 — Mayor Thomas is challenging the capacity, standing, and limitations of an agreement forged between the former New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and NYS Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli with respect to DiNapoli agreeing to “employ a little known provision of state law to refer any findings from joint investigations to Schneiderman for criminal prosecution.” Schneiderman has since stepped down as attorney general amid allegations ascribed to him in The Atlantic by women with whom he had been intimately engaged.
In an article published by New York Times’ reporter Nicholas Confessore dated May 22, 2011, under the lede, “Accord With Comptroller Will Help Attorney General Pursue Corruption Cases”.
Thomas’ legal counsel assert, “the agreement between Schneiderman and DiNapoli has significant limits”, postulating that the Attorney General lacks standing to investigate the New York State Legislature for offenses other that expenditures of (New York State) money”, such as “a lawmaker failing to disclose outside income.
It is thereby suggested that NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo is hoping to increase scrutiny in some of those areas through a comprehensive ethics deal with the NYS Legislature; failing that, he could appoint an investigative commision under the State Moreland Act, “although such a commission would be unable to bring criminal prosecutions.”
So it came to pass “on the morning of May 14, 2018, Brian Weinberg, Assistant Attorney General, Special Counsel to the Public Integrity Unit” was noticed that Thomas would move for a Temporary Restraining Order and Preliminary Injunction,” albeit… “Weinberg indicated he would not consent to the application!”