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(NYT) — If there is one thing all the candidates for attorney general this year seem to agree on, it is that the office they are seeking needs far broader powers to investigate corruption in Albany and restore public confidence in state government.

Under current state law, the attorney general has little power to begin investigations of other government officials. The state’s top prosecutor cannot unilaterally investigate public officials for breaking campaign finance rules, violating ethics laws or even taking bribes.

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