Moreland commissioner: Budget begins to restore trust

By Erika Mahoney

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March 29, 2014 Updated Mar 29, 2014 at 7:38 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) A Moreland commissioner believes the proposed state budget is a positive step toward restoring trust in Albany.

District Attorney for Broome County Gerald Mollen sits on the Moreland Commission. The commission was created to bring about greater accountability in Albany and hold politicians to a higher standard.

After a briefing on the budget, Mollen said he was pleased to learn several recommendations made by the commission are included in the spending plan.

"I am pleased that our work contributed in some part to a budget agreement that toughens penalties and enforcement against corrupt politicians, makes Albany more transparent, and establishes the first real step in statewide public financing," Mollen said in a statement.

The district attorney added more can be done to accomplish the goals of the Moreland Commission. He said he looks forward to taking more steps toward more trust.

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