Moreland becomes an issue in AG's race

Updated: 07/30/2014 6:23 PM
Created: 07/30/2014 5:30 PM WHEC.com
By: Brett Davidsen

There is more news involving whether Governor Cuomo’s office interfered with a group designed to investigate government corruption. The Moreland Commission is now becoming an issue in the race for New York State Attorney General.

John Cahill wants the job of attorney general, which is currently held by Eric Schneiderman. While Schneiderman has tried to steer clear of the growing scandal over alleged interference with the Moreland Commission, Cahill is crisscrossing the state slamming the attorney general for not doing enough to clean up Albany.

When the Moreland Commission was announced by the governor last year, it was greeted as a way to finally root out rampant corruption in Albany. Pivotal to the success was the attorney general's office because in order to go after corrupt legislators, the commission needed subpoena power. So Schneiderman deputized the commissioners as assistant attorneys general.

Now, amid allegations of political interference with the commission's work, Schneiderman’s opponent is making it an issue in November’s race for attorney general. 

Cahill said, "Once we had an opportunity to actually get to the root of investigating corruption in Albany, we had an attorney general who didn't show up or was complicit in the interference."

Cahill accused Schneiderman of hiding from the growing controversy to avoid answering questions.

Cahill said, "So the questions are clear. What did the attorney general know, when did he know it and what did he do about it?”

Cahill says, because the commissioners were Schneiderman’s deputies, it was his responsibility to protect the integrity of the investigations of the now-disbanded Moreland Commission.   

Cahill said, "If there were issues about interference with the investigations, he should have been the one guy standing up and saying this is not happening. These individuals are my responsibility. It's my investigation." 

Responding to Cahill was Schneiderman's campaign spokesman who said, "No attorney general in New York State history has been as aggressive in cracking down on public corruption as Attorney General Schneiderman."

He pointed out that Schneiderman has prosecuted 40 politicians, government employees and nonprofit officials during his tenure. 

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