The Governor takes the next step in the comptroller controversy, appointing a special investigator to make a crucial recommendation.
Late Friday afternoon, Governor Pataki, who just returned from a trip overseas, appointed an independent counsel to examine the findings of the State Ethics Commission, that Comptroller Alan Hevesi abused his office.
Pataki, calling it, “a sad day for New Yorkers,” says he expects that recommendation, on whether or not he should start the impeachment process, within a week.
Former prosecutor and U.S. Attorney David Kelly will take a closer look at the Ethics Commission's scathing report of Hevesi, critical of the comptroller's use of a state paid employee as a driver for his ailing wife.
Meanwhile, Albany County District Attorney David Soares convened a Grand Jury Friday to look at possible criminal charges.