Update: Reaction on the Moreland Commission Report
12/3/2013 (Updated 11:16:40 PM)The Moreland Commission the group established by Governor Cuomo to investigate corruption in Albany released a report that gives a scathing rebuke to the culture in Albany.
Commission Co-Chair William Fitzpatrick said that in just a few months the commission found clear relationships between cash and legislative actions, gaps in campaign and outside income disclosure requirements, and ineffective enforcement of the state's election law.
The commission made a number of recommendations including public financing of campaigns and an independent election law enforcement agency.
"I wasn't subpoenaed because I don't have any other income. But, those legislatures that have other incomes, they were subpoenaed to show what they make and who pays the bill. I believe in transparency and our current ethics disclosure basically does a lot of that already," said Assemblyman Clifford Crouch (R) 122nd District.
"Many of us who are reform minded would like to see nothing more than our corrupt colleagues taken out of the Assembly and the Senate so that we can move on with the people's business. These are basic suggestions that really need to be implemented as far as I'm concerned," said Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, (D) 52nd District.
The commission recommends a new criminal offense of undisclosed self-dealing to help combat corrupt behavior by public servants, such as steering a state contract to a company a legislator or a family member secretly owns.
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