The New York Times takes a look at the man leading the newly configured Department of Financial Services and notes that he’s doing the work traditionally done by the state’s attorney general. The lede: “Benjamin M. Lawsky is not the attorney general of New York State. But one could be forgiven for being confused.”
The story casts the Department of Financial Services, created by Governor Andrew Cuomo last year, as an extension of Cuomo’s attorney general operation—where Lawsky served as one of his top deputies—and suggests the second floor might be encroaching on the territory of New York’s current attorney general, Eric Schneiderman.
The story described them as “two boxers feeling each other out in an opening round.”
Trying to imagine where Cuomo is in this boxing metaphor is not easy: in Lawsky’s corner, for sure, but wearing a coach’s whistle, or gloves?
I honestly do not know to this day what the Obama administration did, if they had information and decided not to move forward, or if they just dropped the investigations in an early state — I don’t know