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Subpoenas issued for Moreland Commission
Federal Prosecutors have issued a grand jury subpoena for emails, text and other records from members of the Moreland Commission, as well as documents about the panels formation, how it was run, overseen and then shut down. That is according to a New York Times article Tuesday, which sources three people who were briefed on the issue.
The Moreland Commission was created by Governor Andrew Cuomo in July of 2013. He disbanded it in March of this year as part of a budget deal.
CBS6 News made several calls to try and confirm the report. We called US Attorney Preet Bharara's office where the subpoena reportedly came from and was told the office couldn't comment.
At a press conference Tuesday, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said he wasn't able to comment either.
"I can't comment on investigations arising out of the Moreland Commission whether it be conducted by my office or other prosecutors," he said.
CBS6 News called two of the former commission co-chairs. One didn't call back, the other referred us to the former commission's spokesperson. She referred us to the Governor's Office. CBS6 News called the Governor's Office three times, but hasn't heard back yet.
" I mean what we're talking about is the US Attorney's Office, which is a federal agency, coming into a state capital to try and fix things and see if there's any wrong doing. Where are the state watchdogs?," said Blair Horner, with New York Public Interest Research Group.
Horner says that New Yorkers deserve an independent party to keep an eye on the state capital, whether that's the US Attorney or not.
CBS6 News asked Senate President Dean Skelos for his reaction to the New York Times report as well.
"That's really what the prosecution has said, they were going to pick up, The US Attorney, is going to pick up where Moreland left off and I assume that's what he's doing," he said.
There have been past questions about what influence the Governor's Office had on the commission.
"I have no inclination at all there was interference, I really don't," said Skelos.