NYC: A gang member accused of #killing one of Gov. Cuomo’s top aides targeted the city Department of Correction commissioner with a bogus excessive-force claim — and it took the jails boss weeks to cl ear his name, The Post has learned – @AceNewsServices

#AceNewsReport – Dec.27: Tyshawn Crawford, who was being held at Rikers Island in the 2015 #killing, took an opportunity to mess with Commissioner Joseph Ponte when Ponte toured the jail on Dec.02: New York Post reported on Tuesday ….

Crawford, 21, threw a fit when Ponte’s security detail ordered him to step back to let the commish pass.

He shouted at the officers, then challenged Ponte to a fight.

Ponte walked past Crawford without even looking at him.

Still, Crawford — one of four gangbangers charged in the #shooting death of senior Cuomo adviser Carey Gabay at last year’s J’Ouvert festivities in Brooklyn — filed a complaint alleging that Ponte grabbed his forearm.

Correction investigators launched a probe.

Fortunately for Ponte, the department recently increased its use of video surveillance at Rikers, and the incident was caught on tape.

Footage of the incident showed a person grabbing Crawford’s arm, but it was another inmate who was trying to calm him down, a source said.

“The video proves the claim is unfounded,” said department spokesman Peter Thorne.

A department source called Crawford a “liar who should spend the rest of his life behind bars.”

“He’s a classic piece of s- -t who allegedly #killed a talented and prominent man in the community, and now he tried to take down a commissioner,” the source said.

Gabay, 43, was struck in the head by a stray bullet after he and his brother got caught in the middle of a gang #shootout during the J’Ouvert festivities in Crown Heights on Sept. 7, 2015. He died nine days later.

The Harvard-educated lawyer, who lived in Clinton Hill, was a first deputy counsel for Cuomo’s Empire State Development Corp.

Crawford refused a request for an interview. His lawyer, Daniel Lynch, declined to comment – http://nyp.st/2iaB7jO

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