Criminal probe urged into Gov. Andrew Cuomo administration

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Gives Annual State Of State Address

ALBANY, NY - JANUARY 08: New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo gives fourth State of the State address on January 8, 2014 in Albany, New York. Among other issues touched on at the afternoon speech in the state's capital was the legalization of medical marijuana, and New York's continued economic recovery. Cuomo has been discussed as a possible Democratic candidate for the 2016 presidential race. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – Political foes of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo are calling for prompt criminal investigation of his administration following a news report that his office thwarted attempts by his own special corruption commission to investigate groups with ties to him.

The New York Times reported Wednesday that Secretary Larry Schwartz pressured commissioners to stop subpoenas to a media-buying firm Cuomo used and to the Real Estate Board of New York, whose members financially supported the governor’s campaign.

State Republican Party Chairman Ed Cox and gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino say that’s criminal obstruction of justice.

Cuomo’s office tells the newspaper that it would be “a pure conflict of interest” for a commission appointed by the governor to investigate the governor.

Spokesmen did not immediately reply to requests for comment Wednesday.