Following President Donald Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey, a Yonkers native, politicians from the Hudson Valley expressed concern about the timing and motive of the move by the Bedford estate owner.
Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney (D-Cold Spring) called the firing a "Tuesday night massacre", a reference to President Richard Nixon firing the special prosecutor investigating Watergate.
"This raises as many questions as it answers and the public deserves a real explanation from the President," Maloney said. "I only have two words - independent investigation."
Congressman John Faso (R-Kinderhook) said the firing was both unsurprising and shocking, giving some of Comey's recent actions but the facts must be known about Russian efforts to influence the US elections.
"The public must have absolute confidence that the FBI investigation will be thorough, and result in a complete resolution of that question regardless of the outcome," Faso said.
Faso called for an independent investigation if the administration nominates an FBI director who does not have unquestioned integrity and experience.
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman also called for a special prosecutor to investigate Trump's ties to Russia.
"We need our leaders in Washington to put partisanship aside and call on President Trump and Department of Justice to do the right thing," Schneiderman said. The American people deserve nothing less."
Trump, who owns the $19 million Seven Spring estate in Bedford, also owns Trump National Golf Club Hudson Valley in Stormville and Trump National Westchester in Briarcliff Manor. The Trump name also adorns Trump Tower At City Center in White Plains, Trump Plaza in New Rochelle, Trump Park Residences in Yorktown and the Donald J. Trump State Park on the Westchester/Putnam border.