Albany County DA speaks on Moreland Commission probe

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Updated: 8/05 4:53 pm

ALBANY, N.Y. – The federal government is investigating the Moreland Commission, and the Albany County District Attorney has spoken out for the first time about the probe.

 “I along with a whole host of commissioners took a lot of pride in being able to be members of the Moreland Commission and look to bringing about relief for the people of the state of New York,” District Attorney David Soares said.

Governor Andrew Cuomo launched the Moreland Commission in July 2013. The 25 member panel was granted subpoena power and tasked with rooting out public corruption. Cuomo said they’d be independent of his office.

Cuomo disbanded the panel in March 2014 citing a package of ethics reforms passed by the legislature.

New allegations have surfaced following an investigation by the New York Times. The Times found the governor’s office may have improperly interfered with the commission by steering them away from entities that had ties to Cuomo.

The U.S. Attorney’s office is investigating the allegations. Soares said his office is cooperating fully but declined to say much more.

“It would be, as a prosecutor, very irresponsible of me to make any kind of public comments, especially knowing that we have a fellow prosecutor that happens to be involved in a very large investigation at this point,” he said.

The governor’s office has denied accusations it interfered; however, over the past week, Cuomo and his staff have had no comment. They do say they will cooperate fully.

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