If the Moreland Commission didn’t investigate his office, there’s a reason, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said today: The problems lie in the Legislature.
Lawmakers have resisted the Moreland Commission’s subpoenas of their outside incomes, and its scathing report Monday showed the Legislature ripe with corruption.
“Before you do an investigation, you need evidence and there has to be a cause,” Cuomo said today on “The Capitol Pressroom.” “And the whole point here is there has been evidence of corruption in the Legislature, and that is an undeniable fact.”
A list kept by Gannett’s Albany Bureau shows that at least 29 lawmakers have had ethical or legal troubles since 2000.
But the two biggest scandals in recent years have been outside the Legislature: the resignation of Gov. Eliot Spitzer in 2008 for soliciting a prostitute and the resignation of Comptroller Alan Hevesi in 2006 in a pay-to-play scandal involving the state’s pension fund.
Still, Cuomo kept his focus on the Legislature—which is setting up for a tense legislative session come January. He said the Moreland Commission could have looked at his office or the Attorney General’s Office, but he contended they focused on where the problems are.
“The problem has been evidenced in the Legislature. That’s where the indictments are,” Cuomo said. “There has not been rampant corruption among DAs, or in the AG’s office or in the comptroller’s office or in the governor’s office.”