Former Governor Cuomo To Mediate Dispute

02.11.11 | FL News Team

(New York, NY)  --  Former New York Governor Mario Cuomo has been appointed to mediate a one-billion-dollar legal dispute between Bernie Madoff's ponzi scheme victims and the owners of the New York Mets.  The trustee charged with returning money to the victims has accused the Mets of ignoring repeated warnings about the fraud and using the money to finance every aspect of the team's operations.

The Manhattan Bankruptcy Court judge who appointed Cuomo Thursday said that the special issues in the case require "an appropriately experienced mediator."  It's still unclear whether anyone besides the judge asked Cuomo to intervene in what has become an increasingly heated public battle.  As mediator, Cuomo can only try to broker a settlement.  He can not force the two sides to act.