New York State's former homeland security chief now works safeguarding marijuana shipments

ALBANY - The state's former chief of homeland security has a new job safeguarding marijuana shipments, the Daily News has learned.

Michael Balboni, who served as the top homeland security official of former governors Eliot Spitzer and David Paterson, has been hired as a security consultant for pot grower Empire State Compassionate Care.

The company is one of several looking to obtain a license to grow and distribute medical marijuana in New York.

“What we are doing is putting all the gates, guards, guns and gadgets in place to ensure that there is seed to sale and no diversion of product,” Balboni told the News.

Balboni, who was a Republican state senator from Long Island before being named Spitzer’s deputy secretary for public safety and homeland security in 2007, declined to say how much he was being paid. He insisted his job would not involve any lobbying of state officials....

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