Cuomo, under pressure on casino money and Moreland, meets the ‘Times’

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is meeting with the New York Times editorial board today, according to a knowledgeable source.

The meeting at the paper's Eighth Avenue headquarters is one of the regularly scheduled editorial board sessions Cuomo conducts with outlets around the state, the source said.

This afternoon's meeting, which will commence shortly, comes amid growing questions about Cuomo's influence over an anti-corruption commission that he reportedly has helped steer away from probing allies in the state Democratic Party and real estate industry.

Cuomo's hands-on approach to the anti-corruption commission he created, first reported on by the Daily News, was the subject of Michael Powell's latest column in the Times. On Sunday, the Times editorial page asked, "Will New York's Political Watchdog pass the test?"

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There's also the issue of casino legalization, which Cuomo is relying on to spur economic activity in the state. The legalization campaign was the subject of an A1 story today about the milions of dollars the industry is spending to influence lawmakers in Albany. 

The Times editorial board raised questions about how Cuomo and other supporters are pushing the plan, which needs voter approval, writing that "they do not have the right to skew the language on the ballot, as they have contrived to do, in a way that tips the scales in favor of a pro-gambling outcome."

On Oct. 10, the paper wrote, "Gov. Andrew Cuomo and most members of the Legislature are strongly in favor of these casinos. But they do not have the right to skew the language on the ballot, as they have contrived to do, in a way that tips the scales in favor of a pro-gambling outcome."

UPDATE: Cuomo is also set to meet the Daily News editorial board for an hour today at 4 p.m., according to a separate source, who said that meeting was scheduled sometime last week.