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Mollen Reacts to Lack of Charges over Moreland Closure

By Jason Weinstein.
Former Broome County District Attorney Gerald Mollen was also a member of the anti-corruption Moreland Commission. He's saying that group should have been allowed to carry out its full term.

This, a day after federal prosecutor Preet Bharara decided there was not enough evidence to bring charges against Governor Cuomo.

Cuomo ended the commission as part of the 2014 budget negotiations with the Legislature, amid allegations that he and his staff tried to influence the panel. Mollen said he was never personally pressured to change his decision on an investigation.

Mollen did express frustration over the inner-workings of the commission. And having to report to both the Governor and Attorney General.

"It was a bulky administrative structure staffed by people from the Attorney General's Office, the Governor's Office. We had no one clear protocol that would have governed who would have communicated with whom," said Mollen.

Bharara says his office continues to have active investigations related to substantive inquiries that were being conducted by the Moreland Commission at the time of its closure.