Moreland Commision

New York News
5:33 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Cuomo Says Campaign Funds For Criminal Defense Lawyer Saves Taxpayers Money

Credit WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is using money from his $35 million campaign war chest to pay for a criminal defense lawyer in a federal probe of his office. Critics say while it’s legal to do so, it’s not an appropriate use of campaign money.

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New York News
6:10 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Cuomo Confirms He Received Warning Letter From US Attorney, Will No Longer Comment On Moreland

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Governor Cuomo confirms that the US Attorney, Preet Bharara, sent a warning letter to the lawyer representing the now disbanded Moreland Act Commission on ethics, as first reported in the New York Times. In it, the paper says, Bharara threatened to investigate the governor’s aides and maybe even Cuomo himself for “possible obstruction of justice or witness tampering.”

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New York News
6:10 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Cuomo's Opponents Up The Ante In Moreland Commission Criticisms

Credit Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s opponents in the November races are stepping up accusations over the ethics commission scandal, and citing sections of state law that they say might have been broken by the governor’s aides.

Lieutenant Governor candidate Tim Wu, who along with Zephyr Teachout is challenging Cuomo and Kathy Hochul in the state Democratic primary, teaches New York State criminal law at Columbia University.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:50 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Blair Horner: Once Again, Feds Have To Fix Albany

Once again, New Yorkers have had to hope that federal prosecutors can clean up Albany.  When Governor Cuomo unceremoniously pulled the plug on the Moreland Act Commission Investigating Public Corruption as part of a deal with legislative leaders in exchange for weak ethics reforms, even the most optimistic New Yorkers were left depressed.

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New York News
6:10 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Cuomo Criticizes Lawmakers Fighting Subpoenas On Outside Income

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has some harsh words for state lawmakers who are fighting his commission in court over subpoenas that would force legislators to reveal their outside business with legal clients.

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New York News
12:15 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

More Call For Public Campaign Finance System Including A Moreland Commission Co-Chair

Credit Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

Advocacy groups are encouraged by recent statements by the co- chair of New York State Governor  Andrew Cuomo’s anti-corruption commission, who says he now favors public financing of political campaigns.

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New York News
12:10 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Board of Elections Officials Grilled At Corruption Commission Hearing

 

State Board of Elections officials received a verbal drubbing from commissioners on New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo’s anti-corruption commission during a lengthy hearing over their failure to pursue complaints about campaign violations during the past several years.

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New York News
12:07 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Moreland Hearing Focuses On More Alleged Corruption

Credit Karen DeWitt

The second public hearing held by New York Governor Cuomo’s commission to probe public corruption featured testimony from long time government reform groups. Many brought more evidence that they say shows potential corruption involving money and politics.

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New York News
6:05 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Groups Want Cuomo-Sponsored Probe to Look at Campaign Loophole

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A leading government reform group has some advice for Governor Cuomo’s Moreland Act Commission investigations. They say there's a major loophole that has allowed $98 million dollars in unlimited donations to flow into what’s known as party housekeeping accounts.

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New York News
12:13 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Past Moreland Act Comission Fell Short

Barbara Bartoletti

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Moreland Act Commission to investigate the legislature is not the first time a governor created a panel to probe state lawmakers. In fact, Cuomo’s own father did it a quarter century ago, with mixed results.

When Andrew Cuomo’s father, Mario Cuomo was governor back in the 1980’s, he also called on the powers in the now 100-year-old Moreland Act to appoint a commission to look into government corruption.

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