Conflict seen in Cuomo probe of Paterson

(AP) - A Brooklyn city councilman says New York StateAttorney General Andrew Cuomo should recuse himself frominvestigating Gov. David Paterson because Cuomo plans to run forgovernor himself and it's a conflict of interest.

Councilman Charles Barron said Sunday that the state Legislatureshould appoint a neutral investigator to look into whether thegovernor, his staff and his state police security detail illegallycontacted a woman who had accused one of Paterson's aides in adomestic violence incident.

Cuomo has not declared his candidacy for governor but is widelyconsidered the favorite in the race.

Barron said Cuomo is "the most active undeclared candidate I'veever seen."

Paterson's office declined to comment. Cuomo's office did notrespond to a request for comment.

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