Gov. Andrew Cuomo said today not all state lawmakers are corrupt—just some of them.
“They are certainly not all corrupt, but it is undeniable that there have been a significant number of legislators who have gotten into trouble, charged with a crime, indicted, etc.,” Cuomo told lawmakers in Manhattan today.
Cuomo said the Moreland Commission, which is at war with lawmakers and seeking more details about their outside incomes, is aimed at restoring public confidence in state government.
“It doesn’t mean that they are all corrupt. They are not,” Cuomo continued. “But you do need a system that gives people confidence that if there is a bad act, that person will be caught and convicted.”
Asked to give his assessment of the state GOP, Cuomo declined to do so. Over the weekend at a political rally, he said it’s the Democrats who have restored New York’s finances.
“I don’t do political commentary on any party, and certainly not on the Republican Party. It’s for them to figure out who they are and what they believe and what they want to do, and I don’t think it’s my place to comment on what they should or shouldn’t be doing,” Cuomo said.