Both houses of the State Legislature have filed a lawsuit challenging subpoenas issued by Gov. Cuomo’s Moreland Commission to Investigate Public Corruption.
The Governor appointed the anti-corruption commission in July after he was unable to reach an agreement with lawmakers on anti-corruption legislation. The Commission is seeking information from lawmakers and law firms about clients and compensation of lawmakers who earn more than $20,000 a year in their outside employment.
The two houses filed a lawsuit in Manhattan on Nov. 22, asking the court to “quash” the Commission’s subpoenas because they “were issued to further the governor’s efforts to coerce the passage of certain legislation,” and because they violate the principle of separation-of-powers. Two law firms that employ state legislators also filed motions seeking to quash the Commission’s subpoenas.
The Moreland Commission is expected to vote on its preliminary draft report at some point today.