Commission to "aggressively" investigate lawmakers

By Haley Burton

Commission to "aggressively" investigate lawmakers

October 16, 2013 Updated Oct 16, 2013 at 8:14 AM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) A New York state commission created to investigate public corruption released a statement Tuesday putting state lawmakers on notice about possible subpoenas.

The leaders of the Moreland Commission said that they requested information from certain New York state legislators, but leaders in the Assembly and Senate did not cooperate.

A statement was released Tuesday from Kathleen Rice, Milton Williams, Jr. and William Fitzpatrick, the Moreland Commission co-chairs:

"Our investigation includes examining New York State legislators and their connections to outside business practices. On August 27, we requested information to be submitted by certain legislators. Leaders of the legislature for both the Assembly and Senate refused to cooperate. The Commission voted today to aggressively move forward in compelling production of information into specific matters that the Commission is investigating."

The Commision said it "will continue its mandate of investigating corruption, issuing subpoenas, holding public hearings and will issue our first report on December 1."

The Moreland Commission was created in July 2013 by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to look into corruption in the state government, political campaigns and elections.

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