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Cuomo has harsh words for fellow Democrat

Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaking with reporters in Buffalo Tuesday.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo had harsh words for the state’s comptroller, a fellow Democrat, over questions about the value of the state’s economic development programs.

State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli has conducted audits raising questions about the value of some of the programs, saying there’s not enough documentation in some cases that New Yorkers are getting their money’s worth.

Cuomo, speaking Tuesday in Buffalo, struck back when asked about DiNapoli and others who suggest the programs should be redesigned.

“I think he’s dead wrong,” Cuomo said. “And he should educate himself.”

Cuomo went on to blame DiNapoli, who used to be a state assemblyman, and all of the Assembly Democrats for the state’s economic decline, saying they raised taxes too high.

DiNapoli, in a statement, said, “There is no debate on the need to create jobs,” and that recent audits have provided “thoughtful, constructive recommendations” on how to make the programs more effective.

Cuomo’s economic development practices are the target of a federal investigation by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara.

Karen DeWitt is Capitol Bureau Chief for New York State Public Radio, a network of 10 public radio stations in New York State. She has covered state government and politics for the network since 1990.