Republican Rob Astorino’s gubernatorial campaign on Friday questioned the cost of the attorney hired by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office to represent him in dealing with U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara’s office.

The Times this morning reported this morning Michael Koenig was approved by the governor’s budget office to represent the Moreland Commission To Investigate Public Corruption.

The Daily News first reported Thursday evening, Cuomo in May turned to white-collar criminal defense lawyer Elkan Abramowitz, largely to fill the role counsel Mylan Denerstein would fill if she was not considered a potential witness in the case.

“New Yorkers already pay the highest taxes in America under this governor,” Astorino said in a statement. “They have a right to know how much more they’re spending to defend their governor from a criminal probe. Few New Yorkers could afford high-powered lawyers like this for themselves, and yet they have to pay for them for Andrew Cuomo. At a minimum they should know what that’s costing them.”

Cuomo in a statement released Thursday by his office said that given the ongoing investigation by Bharara’s office, he was done publicly commenting on the controversy.

Update: State Democratic Committee spokesman Peter Kauffmann responds, pointing to the ongoing dispute between Westchester County and federal officials over affordable housing.

“Rob Astorino refuses to disclose how much county money he is spending to defend racist housing policies that violate federal law,” he said. “If he wants to throw stones, he should remember he’s living in a glass house.”