Cuomo has policing powwow with rap mogul (and ex-crack dealer)

Photo Credit - Twitter/Melissa DeRosa

When you need advice on a subject, you go to an expert.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo did just that when he had a policy meeting on the subject of how cops enforce the laws with hip-hop mogul Jay Z — who earned most of his expertise in crime as a crack dealer.

The governor’s spokeswoman, Melissa DeRosa, on Wednesday described their confab in Cuomo’s Midtown office as “productive.’’

The two discussed “a top-to-bottom review of the criminal justice system and how we can all work together to pass a reform package,” she said.

The rapper built his musical career on songs about his past criminal exploits slinging crack in Brooklyn’s Marcy housing project.

One online report lists 187 references to crack or cocaine on his 12 solo albums, including last year’s chart-topping “Magna Carta Holy Grail.”

In addition to his rap boasts about drug dealing, his criminal justice experience includes being charged with stabbing people and bashing them on their heads with bottles at his favorite city nightclubs.

David Laska, a spokesman for the state GOP, was outraged about the meeting.

“Given Jay Z’s history with the law, he’s as serious a source on police policy as Vladimir Putin is on freedom of speech,’’ he said.

“That kind of a photo-opportunity politics from the governor is the opposite of leadership.”

The governor also took a beating on Twitter.

“Is this the same Jay Z who raps about violence and drug dealing, right?” tweeted Matthew Hamlin. “Who’s up next, Charles Manson?’’

Chris Petromelis tweeted, “Cuomo-JayZ productive. Governor meets proud crack dealer on justice system????’’


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