Gov. Cuomo appoints inspector general to probe Nassau crime lab

Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) has appointed stateInspector General Ellen Biben to review testing procedures andprotocols of the Nassau County crime lab after it was closedfollowing

NEW YORK - Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) has appointed stateInspector General Ellen Biben to review testing procedures andprotocols of the Nassau County crime lab after it was closedfollowing revelations that it was generating inaccurate measurements indrug cases. Cuomo spokesman Josh Vlasto said in a statement Friday that theinspector general's office has the resources to conduct the reviewwithout incurring further taxpayer costs. Nassau County officials shut the crime lab last week afterdiscovering the problems. Police supervisors were aware of theinaccuracies months before a national accrediting agency placed thelab on probation in December.Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice applauded Cuomo's decision topick the inspector general. The inspector general's office investigates allegations ofcorruption, fraud, criminal activity and other abuses by stateofficials and employees.AP wire services contributed to this report

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