Governor Cuomo’s anti corruption commission issued a scathing report Monday evening that criticizes what the commission says is Albany’s culture of corruption and recommends numerous reforms.
The Moreland Act Commissioners describe their report as a “blue print” to fix what they say is the pervasive “dysfunction” in Albany. They recommend enacting New York City style public campaign financing for statewide elections, and closing loopholes that allow limited liability corporations and party housekeeping accounts to blatantly shirk existing limits for campaign contributions.
Two citizens groups are calling on the New York State Board of Elections to resign over wording of a ballot proposal about casino gambling. One is based in Ulster County, where casino supporters have their hopes set on seeing a casino built.
Court papers show New York will argue that a challenge to its referendum to expand casino gambling was filed too late, even though the state didn't release the measure's wording on its website until after the deadline to sue.
The state Board of Elections will say in court Friday that lawyer Eric Snyder missed his chance to sue. The state says in court papers that a judge shouldn't side with Snyder because that would throw the Nov. 5 ballot into chaos and threaten the ability of soldiers in "harm's way" from voting.
This morning at the New York State Capitol, Governor Andrew Cuomo made good on his promise to establish a powerful investigative body to examine the state Board of Elections and potential wrongdoing by legislators in campaign fundraising.
Unable to sway legislators to agree on a package of campaign finance and legislative ethics reforms before the end of session last month, Governor Cuomo made it clear he intended to tackle public corruption in a year that has already seen several sitting state legislators indicted on federal corruption charges.
Governor Cuomo says he will be announcing his Moreland Act commission to investigate the campaign donation filings of the legislature in the “immediate future”, possibly as early as Thursday.
Cuomo failed to get lawmakers to agree on a package of campaign finance reforms, and says he will now appoint a commission under the powers’ of the state’s Moreland Act, to investigate campaign filings at the State Board of Elections. The governor say in the end, it might even work out better.