Cuomo and Hynes

From the Department of Interesting Connections…

The person Andrew Cuomo tapped to help investigate Medicaid fraud is Brooklyn District Attorney Joe Hynes, who spearheaded a similar effort in Brooklyn.

Hynes, you may recall, is also the DA who revived a five-year-old probe of Cuomo’s top challenger in the Democratic primary, Mark Green, looking into some allegedly illegal payments Green’s campaign made during the 2001 mayoral race. The investigation led to plenty of uncomfortable questions during a crucial time in the attorney general contest, but did not result in a single indictment.

Bonus coincidence: Cuomo and Hynes went to the same high school.

— Azi Paybarah

Cuomo and Hynes