Albany - The Moreland Commission to Investigate Public Corruption today held its second public hearing aimed at rooting out public corruption. The hearing, held at the Empire State Plaza in Albany, focused on topics specific to campaign finance, outside income of state elected officials and political party housekeeping accounts.
In an effort to involve the public and experts in the field of rooting out public corruption, the commission heard testimony from various public policy experts and advocacy organizations including, Common Cause New York, New York Public Interest Research Group, Citizen Action of New York and Citizen Union.
Members of the public were also on hand to testify at the hearings and more public hearings will be held at future dates as the commission prepares to issue a preliminary report by December 1, 2013.
The speakers provided suggestions on how to probe and combat a systemic corruption problem.
On July 2, 2013, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo established the Commission under the Moreland Act (Section 6 of the New York State Executive Law) (“Moreland Commission”) and Executive Law Section 63(8) to probe systemic public corruption and the appearance of such corruption in state government, political campaigns and elections in New York State.
Executive Order 106 which created the Commission can be found at http://www.governor.ny.gov/sl2/ExecutiveOrderindex
- Moreland Hearing Transcript, September 24, 2013
- Compiled Testimony from Invited Speakers:
Brian Paul, Research and Policy Manager, Common Cause New York
Bill Mahoney, Research Coordinator, New York Public Interest Research Group
Karen Scharff, Executive Director, and Jessica Wisneski, Legislative Campaigns Director, Citizen Action of New York
Dick Dadey, Executive Director and Rachael Fauss, Research and Policy Manager, Citizen Union