Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R,C,I-Melrose) today criticized Gov. Cuomo’s decision to terminate the Moreland Commission.
“Gov. Cuomo apparently thinks that ethics reform begins and ends with him and him alone. In attempting to justify shutting down the Moreland Commission, he repeatedly referred to it as ‘his’ commission. In fact, the governor used the words ‘I,’ ‘my,’ ‘mine’ and ‘me’ so many times that the New York Times described Cuomo’s rant as a ‘tantrum,’” McLaughlin said.
“When Gov. Cuomo introduced the Moreland Commission nine months ago, he claimed it would be independent. That was also before he spent hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars to promote this commission over the airwaves. Shortly after the Moreland Commission began its work, Gov. Cuomo personally interfered, allegedly stopping them from issuing subpoenas to campaign donors as well as donors to the state Democratic Party. That’s hubris, plain and simple, and it’s insulting to the people of this state.
“As I said when the governor announced the establishment of the Moreland Commission, real ethics reform will only take place when an independent ethics commission is established and given authority to investigate all branches of New York’s government. Any commission or investigation that is responsible to the governor is inherently tainted. However, it is insulting to the people of this state to hear the governor establish a commission, then turn around and terminate it by saying the commission belongs to him personally.
“Assembly Democrats had a chance to pass substantial ethics reform, including taking away the pensions of all elected officials convicted of felonies and opposing public financing for political campaigns. When faced with the decision to help eliminate corruption in Albany, they failed in every way.
“New Yorkers deserve more than empty promises by egotistical politicians who are afraid of what an independent ethics watchdog might dig up,” McLaughlin concluded.
Assemblyman McLaughlin represents the 107th District, which consists of parts of Rensselaer, Columbia and Washington counties. For more information, please visit Assemblyman McLaughlin’s official website.