The Moreland Commission to Investigate Public Corruption held its first public hearing last Tuesday. In July, Gov. Cuomo appointed the Commission under the state’s Moreland Act to “probe systemic corruption and the appearance of such corruption in state government, political campaigns and elections in New York State.”
At its first public hearing, commissioners heard federal and state prosecutors offer prescriptions for how to confront abuse in state government, campaigns and elections.
The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York detailed his plan to go after the pensions of corrupt public officials, while the Manhattan District Attorney said that a task force established by the state District Attorney’s Association will be proposing a comprehensive update of the state’s fraud and corruption laws.
There is a showdown brewing between the Commission and the Legislature. Late last Friday attorneys for both the Senate GOP and the Assembly Democrats (FYI…they are being paid with taxpayer money) notified the Commission that they would not be releasing details of additional income from legal work. This was a request made by the Commission earlier this month.
Where this leads, no one is sure. Will the Commission follow through and issue subpoenas for the information? If so, how far will the Senate and Assembly go to not release that information? This is worth watching.
The Commission’s next public hearing will be held tomorrow in Albany.