ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says that if ongoing investigations into two of his former top aides find evidence of misconduct he will be "the first to throw the book at them."

Cuomo told reporters Tuesday that he will wait for the outcome of multiple investigations of Joe Percoco and Todd Howe before formulating an opinion. Percoco is Cuomo's former executive secretary and campaign manager. Howe is a lobbyist who used to work for Cuomo when he led the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The two men are under federal scrutiny for possible conflicts of interest and improper bidding related to Cuomo's upstate economic development programs.

Cuomo, a Democrat, has also launched an internal investigation.

Messages left with attorneys representing Percoco and Howe were not immediately returned Tuesday.