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Teachout: I'll investigate Cuomo if elected attorney general

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Zephyr Teachout (CNYCentral Photo)

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Democrat Zephyr Teachout says that if elected New York attorney general she will investigate whether Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo has used state resources for campaign purposes.

Teachout told reporters Monday that Cuomo's extensive use of state helicopters raises ethical questions. She also noted that a former top Cuomo aide kept working from a state office after leaving the governor's staff to lead Cuomo's 2014 re-election campaign. The aide was later convicted on unrelated corruption charges.

Teachout also cited concerns that Cuomo rushed the opening of the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge's second span to score campaign points. Safety concerns later forced it to be closed.

A poll released Monday shows Thursday's Democratic primary is a dead heat between Teachout, Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney and New York City Public Advocate Tish James, who has Cuomo's endorsement.

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