Last Monday, Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, issued a statement which said that there is “insufficient evidence to prove a federal crime” after his office investigated Gov. Cuomo’s decision to shut down the Moreland Commission to Investigate Public Corruption in 2014.
But the statement also indicates that the office is still investigating cases that were brought to his office from the Moreland Commission.
Gov. Cuomo established the Moreland Commission in July 2013 to investigate corruption in Albany after lawmakers refused to enact the ethics reforms he sought during that legislative session. The Commission held one public hearing and issued a preliminary report in December 2013. In March 2014, Gov. Cuomo said that he would disband the commission in the wake of the Legislature’s approval of stronger laws against bribery and improved enforcement of election laws accomplished his goal of “systemic reform” of Albany.
Mr. Bharara, the federal prosecutor based in Manhattan, questioned the panel’s abrupt closing, and demanded its records. The commission’s files were later turned over to the U.S. Attorney.