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Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Photo: Karen DeWitt.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Photo: Karen DeWitt.

Cuomo wants tougher NY bribery law

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he wants to make it easier to convict public officials of bribery, as well as those who seek to buy their influence.

Under current law, prosecutors must prove the person paying the bribe and the official receiving it have an illicit agreement.

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Instead, he proposes requiring only proof that a bribe payer intended to influence the official or the bribe recipient intended to be influenced.

That would bring New York in line with federal law.

He wants to establish a misdemeanor for anyone in government who fails to report bribery.

In his State of the State address Wednesday, Cuomo also advocated independent enforcement of state election laws and requiring legislators to report the names of all their firms' clients who have business before the state.

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