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Top aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo married to major lobbyist

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Politics,Beltway Confidential,Timothy P. Carney,New York

Karen Hinton is married to the man who may be the most important aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Hinton is also an executive at a lobbying firm.

The New York Post tells the story. The article calls Hinton’s husband Howard Glaser “a well-known figure to lobbyists because he has authority over all state agencies and formulates major administration policies …”

More great (by which I mean awful) details in the Post article:

The New York Times reported in 2011 that Cuomo, as New York’s attorney general in 2009, used his office to threaten legal action against Chevron when Hinton was being paid $10,000 a month as a lobbyist for a group suing the oil giant in a multibillion-dollar court action alleging massive environmental damage in the Amazon.

“Andrew has no interest in doing this. He is doing this for me. Because I asked,’’ Hinton wrote in an e-mail about Cuomo’s intervention in the Chevron case, which became public as a result of the ongoing lawsuit, the Times said.

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