Moreland Commission

Cynthia Nixon
Karen DeWitt

When Democratic candidate for New York governor Cynthia Nixon called for a state Moreland Act Commission to investigate government corruption Tuesday, she was not the first to do so. Her opponent, Governor Andrew Cuomo, also requested and created a Moreland Commission to look at potential illegal activities in state government, but he disbanded it as part of a budget deal several months later.

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara and WAMC's Alan Chartock speaking in Feb. 2016 at The Linda in Albany.
Joe Donahue

The federal prosecutor behind the convictions of several of New York's most powerful lawmakers made several stops in Albany Monday. Preet Bharara spent an hour at WAMC’s performing arts studio. 

Cuomo Admin Cleared In Moreland Commission Shutdown

Jan 11, 2016
U.S Attorney Preet Bharara
U.S Attorney Preet Bharara

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo received a bit of good news just two days before he’s to give his State of the State address:  the governor and his office have been cleared of any wrongdoing in the premature closing of an ethics commission.

  The Republican challenger in the race for New York Attorney General has begun airing TV ads and is making an issue of incumbent Eric Schneiderman’s role in a controversial ethics commission.

Republican candidate for Attorney General John Cahill has made several stops around the state in recent days, focusing on the controversial Moreland Commission.

Cahill says there are unanswered questions about how deeply involved the current Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman, was with the commission. The commissions’s actions are now under federal investigation.

The New York Times reports this morning that Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney in Manhattan, has sent a letter warning the Cuomo Administration of a possible investigation for obstruction of justice and witness tampering.

Karen DeWitt

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo defended himself yesterday against the fallout from a New York Times report last week revealed that a top Cuomo aide pressured the Moreland Commission to stop subpoenas to a pair of Cuomo-friendly organizations.

Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, in his first public appearance since potentially damaging news came out about his staff’s tampering with an ethics probe, tried to change the subject by talking about economic development.  But the story continues to dog the governor.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The Republican challenger for New York attorney general is calling for incumbent Democrat Eric Schneiderman to break his silence on reports that the governor's office interfered with the corruption commission whose members were deputized by Schneiderman.

John Cahill, standing Monday outside the attorney general's office in Albany, says the deputies were obligated to report to the attorney general. He said Schneiderman hasn't said one word about the alleged interference or what he knew about it.

Cahill says New Yorkers deserve to know. 

The recently enacted state budget also marks the end of a commission that was investigating corruption in the legislature. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo agreed to dismantle the Moreland Act panel as part of a deal on ethics reform.

Karen DeWitt

Reform groups are focusing attention on New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s anti-corruption commission’s recommendations to beef up the anemic State Board of Elections but say they have not given up hope of public campaign financing for state wide races.

Karen DeWitt

One of the most controversial recommendations in New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s anti-corruption commission report released this week is to enact public financing of campaigns for statewide elections.

Karen DeWitt

Advocates and lawmakers at the Capitol are reacting to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s anti-corruption commission report. It offers scathing criticism of what the commission says is a corrupt culture in Albany, and recommends numerous reforms.

Among the many recommendations contained in the report from the Moreland Commission is one to dismantle the New York State Board of Elections, which the commission members called an abject failure in its oversight and enforcement of state election laws. The board would be replaced by a new watchdog agency to be headed by a person appointed for a five-year term by the governor and confirmed by the state senate. The Board of Elections, and the Moreland Commission report, was the topic of discussion on WAMC’s capitol connection program with Alan Chartock, and Blair Horner, the legislative director of the New York Public Interest Research Group.

Karen DeWitt

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s anti-corruption commission is meeting Monday for the final time and is expected to issue a report this week (as early as Tuesday).

NYPIRG Proposes Campaign Donation Limits

Nov 26, 2013

A government watchdog group in New York is calling for strict limits on money individuals and corporations can give candidates in state elections.

The New York Public Interest Research Group blames the state's political scandals on lax limits, poor enforcement and loopholes. It says individual limits per candidate should be $2,600 per election with a $1,000 corporate limit to any campaign committee during an election cycle.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo today took questions on the state of the investigation into public corruption by the Moreland Act Commission. Responding to a report in the Daily News that said half of state legislators are complying with the investigation despite the body’s contention that it violates separation of powers, Cuomo says such cooperation disproves the legal argument.

Fair elections supporters held a conference call this week to push for New York State campaign finance reform and public funding of elections.

A coalition of citizen activist groups including Citizen Action and the Working Families Party used the call as a platform to state their case for establishing a public financing system for New York state elections.

Karen DeWitt

New York State’s Moreland Commission, in an effort to root out public corruption, is looking into lawmakers’ outside income. After some lawmakers rebuffed the Commission’s requests, its co-chairs indicated subpoenas were forthcoming.

Good government alarm bells are ringing in Albany.  Numerous news reports have accused the governor’s aides of interfering in the activities of the state commission investigating corruption in government.

Karen DeWitt

An anti-corruption commission appointed by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has deepened its investigations in recent days. The probes come as Cuomo came increasingly under fire, accused of trying to control the panel and even suppress some subpoenas.

Karen DeWitt

News reports in recent days portray New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Moreland Act Commission on corruption as possibly going off the rails. Government reform groups say they are concerned and want some answers.

Karen DeWitt

The second hearing by New York Governor Cuomo’s Moreland Act Commission on corruption in the legislature will be held Tuesday evening in Albany.  Government reform groups are scheduled to testify, and some say the commission should also be looking at some of the campaign contributions to the Governor himself.

NY Corruption Commission Holds 1st Hearing In NYC

Sep 17, 2013

A group of top New York and federal prosecutors is scheduled to testify at the first public hearing of the state's new anti-corruption commission.

The session in New York City this evening is the first of several planned to consider if additional laws and regulations are needed to address misconduct by public officials.

Confirmed speakers include U.S. attorneys Preet Bharara and Loretta Lynch and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr.

DA Kathleen Rice

  The co-chair of Governor Cuomo’s Moreland Act Commission on public corruption, Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice, says subpoenas have been sent out and more public hearings are planned.  
Rice was at the Capitol for the third private meeting of Governor Cuomo’s Moreland Act Commission. She says several subpoenas have been issued, but they have to be kept secret for now so that the ongoing investigations won’t be jeopardized.

Rockland County District Attorney's Office

On July 2, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the formation of the “Commission to Investigate Public Corruption” under the Moreland Act. The commission’s first meeting is today. Of the 25 members appointed, one is from the Hudson Valley. Rockland County District Attorney Thomas Zugibe spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.