Investigating Corruption in Cuomo's Corruption Investigation

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Governor Andrew Cuomo during his election-year State of the State address in January. (Judy Sanders - Office of the Governor/flickr)

A New York Times investigation argues that Governor Cuomo's Moreland Commission came under political pressure to restrict its investigations into statewide corruption. New York Times Albany reporter Thomas Kaplan discusses the revelations and what Moreland set out to do to begin with. Then we talk to David Grandeau, New York's former top lobbying official and an early critic of the Moreland Commision.


David Grandeau and Thomas Kaplan

Comments [10]

will galison from nyc

Was this the letter that alerted Preet Bharara fro the Moreland Scandal?

Aug. 02 2014 06:26 PM

A problem with putting honest people on a corruption commission is they tend to want to do what they are supposed to be doing. Cuomo should have known they would be drawn to his own corruption.
When someone at Housing and Urban Development (HUD) impeded Cuomo's disappearance of $59 Billion in one year, he ran a criminal investigation against her, to keep her head down for the duration. As he left HUD, he quietly closed his fruitless investigation of her.
I wonder how much of HUD's missing Billion$ found their way into Cuomo'$ campaign fund$?
Perhaps Cuomo will initiate a baseless criminal investigation of the members of the Moreland Commission, to keep it quiet about him.

Jul. 24 2014 11:51 AM

LOL, sounds a lot like Obama and his Justice Department under Eric "CYA" Holder.

Jul. 24 2014 11:12 AM
Linda from Bronx

Yesterday the New York Times reported that Gov. Cuomo's office obstructed their own anti-corruption commission in order to protect Gov. Cuomo.

Gov. Cuomo and his aides must be held accountable. Join us today at 4pm outside the Governor's Midtown office to demand that Gov. Cuomo comes clean.

Gov. Cuomo cannot continue to govern with impunity. The time to demand a Clean Albany is now.

The rally details are:

When: Today, 4pm

Outside Governor Cuomo's Office
633 3rd Ave
New York City, NY 10017


Jul. 24 2014 10:22 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

Why did Cuomo do it? Caller: it's called hubris...

Jul. 24 2014 10:21 AM

Yes yes but what did cuomo know about bridge gate.

Jul. 24 2014 10:21 AM
Sue from NYC

If you are interested in getting money out of US politics (the ONLY way we have to save our democracy), watch Lawrence Lessig's video message here:

Jul. 24 2014 10:15 AM
John from NYC

"A commission appointed by the Governor cannot investigate the executive"

WHY ?????

All of those investigating Watergate were appointed by Nixon.

Jul. 24 2014 10:08 AM

Surprise surprise
Lawyers lie

What I'd like to know is why do we keep voting them in.

Jul. 24 2014 10:06 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

The Village Voice of 20 years ago, would have been all over this story from day one. The Times' lateness will be forgiven because of its thorough piece, exposing what anyone with a brain had already suspected.

The Moreland Commission was set up as leverage in the proxy war between the Governor and his political rivals. Perhaps Mr. Coumo's intent was initially noble but he never gave the commission the independence it should have had, and why would he? It would have meant following the rule of law and being on an equal footing with everyone else, the two things that this Governor believes are beneath him.

Jul. 24 2014 09:34 AM

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