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Cuomo’s Office Hobbled Ethics Inquiries by Moreland Commission

Posted on July 24th, 2014 at 17:25 by John Sinteur in category: News -- Write a comment


In a 13-page statement responding to The Times’s questions, Mr. Cuomo’s office defended its handling of the commission. It said the commission was created by and reported to the governor, and therefore he could not be accused of interfering with it.

While he allowed the commission the independence to investigate whatever it wanted, the governor’s office said, it would have been a conflict for a panel he created to investigate his own administration.

“A commission appointed by and staffed by the executive cannot investigate the executive,” the statement said. “It is a pure conflict of interest and would not pass the laugh test.”

Yet, The Times found that the governor’s office interfered with the commission when it was looking into groups that were politically close to him. In fact, the commission never tried to investigate his administration.

I don’t see what the problem is. Every police department in America investigates itself on a regular basis and clears its officers of wrongdoing quickly, effectively and without controversy. If they can do it, why not the Cuomo administration?

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