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Moreland Commission to Legislature: "Everything is on the table"



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October 16, 2013
The Moreland Commission to Investigate Public Corruption is moving forward in issuing subpoenas to the state Legislature.

In a statement issued Tuesday by the Moreland Commission co-chairs Kathleen Rice, Milton Williams, Jr. and William Fitzpatrick say they will carry on with their investigation.

"Pursuant to the Executive Order, the mandate of the Moreland Commission, among other things, is to examine abuse of office by public officials and misconduct while in office. Our investigation includes examining New York state legislators and their connections to outside business practices," they said.

Tuesday's statement comes after media reports last week indicated the governor was attempting to influence who would be investigated. The governor and members of the Commission deny those reports.

"On August 27, we requested information to be submitted by certain legislators. Leaders of the Legislature for both the Assembly and Senate refused to cooperate."

"The Commission voted today to aggressively move forward in compelling production of information into specific matters that the Commission is investigating. The Commission will continue its mandate of investigating corruption, issuing subpoenas, holding public hearings and will issue our first report on December 1," the statement reads

The Commission is also looking at the housekeeping accounts of state political parties, but did not specify which ones.

"Today, in addition to the investigation into the Legislature, the Moreland Commission has moved to look across the board at all housekeeping accounts," the co-chairs said. "Everything is on the table. We are looking at everything."

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