Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Here And Now

Here And Now

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is back on the road – this time to tout his newly-announced Moreland Act Commission with a 9:30 a.m. event at the University at Buffalo’s Law School Library, 211 Putnam Way, Amherst.

At 12:30 p.m., Cuomo will make an announcement regarding driver safety, Jacob Javits Center, Special Events Hall, Entrance on 11th Ave., Manhattan.

At 10:30 a.m., Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney will urge Congress to address student loan rate hikes, SUNY Orange, Newburgh Campus, Kaplan Hall, Great Room, 1 Washington Center, Newburgh.

Cuomo’s 25-person Moreland Act Commission includes district attorneys from around the state—including co-chairs Onondaga County DA William Fitzpatrick, a Republican, and Nassau County DA Kathleen Rice, a Democrat.

Cuomo named NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly and former Manhattan DA Robert Morgenthau to serve on a special four-member panel to advise the commission.

The Commission includes just one Western New Yorker – Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III.

Also a member: Albany County DA David Soares, who has clashed with Cuomo in the past and has not prosecuted a politician on corruption-related charges in at least four years.

While the commission is centered on the state Board of Elections, which oversees campaign spending, AG Eric Schneiderman said it is “fully empowered” with a “broad mandate” to “investigate anything to do with public corruption and the enforcement of the laws related to public corruption.”
The commission will report preliminary recommendations by Dec. 1.

“Though we suspect its findings and recommendations won’t be a surprise, evidently the Legislature needs more embarrassment and public outrage before it acts,” the TU’s editorial page writes.

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