ALBANY, N.Y. - Gov. Andrew Cuomo has established a powerful investigative body to examine the state Board of Elections and potential wrongdoing by legislators in campaign fundraising.
Cuomo outlined the commission - which includes local District Attorneys Kate Hogan and David Soares - Monday morning at the state capitol.
The commission is chaired by Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice, Syracuse District Attorney William Fitzpatrick and attorney Milton Williams. It includes prosecutors, lawyers, State Police Superintendent Joseph D'Amico and New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.
The committee, established by Cuomo issuing an executive order under New York's anti-corruption Moreland Act, will have subpoena power to root out corruption in state government and go after the influence of campaign contributions.
"You have legendary law enforcement talent on
this commission and this is a powerful, powerful signal," Cuomo said Tuesday. "It sends a signal to
two audiences, one are the elected officials in the state of New York. We're
going to raise the bar on public integrity, public trust. And second, to the
people of the state. I want to say to the people look, we have the best people
Cuomo announced his attentions two weeks ago after abandoning efforts this year at legislative reforms. That followed federal bribery and embezzlement charges filed against several state lawmakers.
Similar panels ordered by governors over decades have resulted in lengthy corruption probes and arrests.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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