A.M. Roundup: TU Investigation: IG's oversight waned under Cuomo

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An investigation by the Times Union examined the role the state inspector general's office played under the administration of former Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. It found, through interviews and records obtained, a series of steps — including the way it conducted an investigation into the office of a staunch ally of Cuomo, Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick — now under serious question. Read the full investigation: here.

Two days after the Times Union sent questions to the inspector general's office and one day after it sent questions to the office of Gov. Kathy Hochul related to its investigation, state Inspector General Letizia Tagliafierro, a longtime aide to Cuomo, resigned from her post as the executive branch's top internal-affairs watchdog. (TU)

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Small-scale organic dairy farming in New York is facing a crisis as one of the largest distributors, Horizon Organic, told 89 farms in the Northeast — more than half of those in upstate — that it's ending its contract with them as a part of a shifting economic model. Approximately 17 of those farms are in rural Washington County, although Danone would not confirm the number. (TU)

A handful of families who were being ordered by the state Office for People With Developmental Disabilities to choose between moving their disabled adult children to a remote treatment center in the Adirondacks or face the loss of state funding for their child's care at out-of-state treatment centers will be given an additional six months to work through the situation, following reports in the Times Union. (TU)

Read Part II of a series of Times Union stories on the crisis at the state's northern border where asylum seekers are jailed in New York after trying to enter Canada. The Clinton County Jail during the pandemic has become a first stop for many detained migrants rejected from claiming asylum in Canada. And if you missed it: Part I: Misinformation leads Canadian asylum hopefuls to rejection at Roxham. (TU)

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and New York State Inspector General Ellen Biben announce a decision to audit the Long Island Power Authority during a press conference in the red room at the Capitol in Albany, NY Wednesday April 27, 2011.( Michael P. Farrell/Times Union )

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and New York State Inspector General Ellen Biben announce a decision to audit the Long Island Power Authority during a press conference in the red room at the Capitol in Albany, NY Wednesday April 27, 2011.( Michael P. Farrell/Times Union )

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Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro will seek to challenge U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado, D-Rhinebeck, for his seat in Congress in 2022, according to paperwork filed by the Republican on Friday. (TU)

Gov. Kathy Hochul's office Sunday announced what it calls a multi-agency plan to try to get desperately needed drivers into school buses across the state. (TU)