It hasn’t gotten much attention, but New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said yesterday that he’d publicly release the names of the AIG bonus recipients, reports the New York Times.
Cuomo is investigating the payouts, as well as those made by Merrill Lynch and several other Wall Street firms. He issued a subpoena for the AIG names earlier this week.
His declaration followed the news that a court has ruled that Bank of America, which owns Merrill, must give him the names of the Merrill recipients. That ruling suggests that Cuomo will likely also get the AIG names. AIG lawyers had referred frequently to the Merrill case this week, and had delayed giving Cuomo the names pending the outcome of that case.
Yesterday, AIG CEO Edward Liddy declined to assure Congress he would cooperate fully with Cuomo’s probe, citing concern for the physical safety of employees who received bonuses, were their names to be made public.