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Cuomo takes aim at corruption

Public Trust Act has support of state’s DAs

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, right, listens as Gov. Andrew Cuomo, left, speaks during a news conference Tuesday in New York City where Cuomo proposed legislation to give prosecutors more power to combat public corruption and will for the first time require public officials to report corrupt actions by their colleagues.
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Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, right, listens as Gov. Andrew Cuomo, left, speaks during a news conference Tuesday in New York City where Cuomo proposed legislation to give prosecutors more power to combat public corruption and will for the first time require public officials to report corrupt actions by their colleagues.
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Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday proposed giving prosecutors more power to combat public corruption and would, for the first time, require public officials to report corrupt actions by their colleagues.

The Public Trust Act would create new crimes and increase penalties for violating existing anti-corruption laws. The proposal would make specific crimes of bribing a public official, scheming to corrupt the government and failing to report public corruption.

Among the tools would be a ...

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