Corruption commission to press lawmakers
ALBANY (AP) – New York’s latest anti-corruption commission will press for details of state legislators’ outside income and law clients just days after the Legislature refused to comply with its request for the information.
On Friday, the commission called the Legislature’s decision “ethically repugnant.”
The Moreland Commission to Investigate Public Corruption, which includes Franklin County District Attorney Derek Champagne and Essex County DA Kristy Sprague, plans its second public hearing Tuesday. It will focus on campaign contributions, the outside income of part-time legislators that could pose conflicts of interest, and the few limits on contributions to political parties’ so-called “housekeeping” accounts.
Lawmakers have questioned the authority of the commission created by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to investigate the Legislature, citing the constitutional separation of powers doctrine that keeps one branch from dominating another.