Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who helped form the new corruption-busting panel, said today that the commission should be independent of outside influences.
The Moreland Commission has faced increasing criticism for indecisiveness and charges that it is beholden to Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Cuomo has also been accused of squashing subpoenas the commission wanted to send to Cuomo allies.
Schneiderman insisted on the Capitol Pressroom that he has instructed his staff to let the commission—which includes district attorneys around the state—do its work, saying the commission is an “important vehicle for reform.”
“I think we should just let the commissioners do what they have to do,” Schneiderman said.
There has been speculation that the commission may just issue a report at year’s end and then take a less active role trying to root out corruption in Albany.
It has already been rebuked by state legislators after it sought more details about their outside incomes.