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Criminal probe of Cuomo administration urged

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Political foes of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo are calling for prompt criminal investigation of his administration following a news report that his office thwarted attempts by his own special corruption commission to investigate groups with ties to him.

The New York Times reported Wednesday that Secretary Larry Schwartz pressured commissioners to stop subpoenas to a media-buying firm Cuomo used and to the Real Estate Board of New York, whose members financially supported the governor's campaign.

State Republican Party Chairman Ed Cox and gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino say that's criminal obstruction of justice.

Cuomo's office tells the newspaper that it would be "a pure conflict of interest" for a commission appointed by the governor to investigate the governor.

Spokesmen did not immediately reply to requests for comment Wednesday.