Republican candidate for Lt. Gov.: 'Cuomo is a bully'

By Perry Russom

July 29, 2014 Updated Jul 30, 2014 at 12:14 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Republican candidate for lieutenant governor said voters deserve to know why Governor Cuomo disbanded the Moreland Commission.

Chris Moss, who is running on the ticket with gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino, was in Binghamton Tuesday where he said Albany needs to be cleaned up.

"Governor Cuomo is a bully," said Moss. "It's that simple."

Cuomo was blasted recently for disbanding the political corruption investigative group.

Last week, a New York Times article reported Cuomo deflected investigations away from his office.

"We need explanations," said Moss. "The voters deserve explanations."

The Times reports the Moreland Commission issued a subpoena to a firm called Buying Time who made advertisements for the Governor.

"As soon as the investigation and the subpoenas started being aimed towards individuals who are friendly and allies to the governor, the subpoenas were pulled back," said Moss.

In Buffalo on Monday, Cuomo said the reason he set up the Moreland Commission was to get an ethics law passed.

"Upon passing the law, the expiration and determination of the Moreland Commission was done because it accomplished the purpose," said Cuomo.

Moss called that answer "a load of crap." He added Cuomo "created this commission to use it as a tool to threaten the legislature to get what he needed."

At the conception of the commission, Cuomo said it would be independent.

"Independence doesn't mean you get holed up in an ivory tower and you don't talk to anyone," said Cuomo.

"I'd say that's a poor excuse for having five days to come up with something after we couldn't find him after the story broke last week," said Moss.

One way Moss plans on cleaning up ethics in Albany is by setting term limits.

What he and Astorino proposed is setting a limit of four terms for offices like state senate and assembly where the terms last two years and a two term limit for offices like governor and lieutenant governor where terms last four years.