Official Whose Seat Andrew Hevesi Took Says He Just Wanted to Be ‘Closer to Home’

City Council candidate Michael Cohen, whose departure from the New York State Assembly came up in Andrew Cuomo’s investigation into alleged abuses of the state pension fund by aides to the former state comptroller, released a statement over the weekend saying he did nothing wrong.
 
Cohen, who has not been accused of any wrong-doing in the probe by the attorney general’s office, said, “At no time when I was thinking about leaving the State Assembly did I seek to trade upon my office. Among those to whom I expressed an interest in employment closer to home was one now the subject of investigations.