ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The man who brought down two top New York lawmakers paid a visit to Albany on Monday.
U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara first gave a speech on ethics in politics and then went to the U.S. Court of Appeals to attend the swearing in ceremony of new Chief Judge Janet DiFiore.
Bharara walked in the Hilton in Albany amid a wave of applause and praise. He spoke at the New York State Conference of Mayors and Municipal Officials. He said leaders of any community must know the pitfalls that can lie in front of them.
It was a topic he knows all too well. Bharara is the prosecutor who secured the convictions of former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and his son Adam. They were all convicted on public corruption charges.
Bharara did not speak at Judge DiFiore’s swearing in. Also in attendance was Governor Andrew Cuomo. The two have often had an often tense relationship.
Bharara and Cuomo did not seem to acknowledge one another. Bharara’s now-famous hint for other politicians to “stay tuned” on future indictments seems to have changed, especially after he cleared Cuomo’s office of any crime over its disbanding the Moreland Commission, a group charged with investigating corruption at the Capitol.
Outside the Court of Appeals, NEWS10 ABC reporter Anya Tucker asked Cuomo is he had plans on meeting with the U.S. Attorney.
“No, I’m going to the city,” he responded.
Also in attendance was Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan. She said she took away a lot of good information, and she said she’s getting tired of her city’s name being synonymous with corruption.