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NYC mayor: Too busy to heed state corruption probe

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New York,Bill de Blasio

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says he has not been following accusations that Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration interfered with a state anti-corruption commission.

Cuomo has been fielding questions about a top aide's efforts to stop the commission from issuing subpoenas to groups linked to the governor. Cuomo says the now-disbanded commission's decision to ignore mere suggestions by the aide shows his office didn't interfere.

De Blasio said Wednesday that he has "a lot of other things to do" and hasn't monitored the story.

Despite that, he criticized Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino for saying Cuomo behaved like a mafia boss.

De Blasio said he was "particularly offended" as an Italian-American.

The mayor also defended Cuomo, a fellow Democrat, as "a person of high integrity."

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