The Moreland commission on public corruption has sent out subpoenas

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August 6, 2013

A co chair of Governor Cuomo’s Moreland Act commission on public corruption says subpoenas have been sent out and more public hearings are planned.

Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice was at the Capitol for the third private meeting of Governor Cuomo’s Moreland Act Commission. Rice, a commission co-chair, says the meetings, and several subpoenas that she says have been issued, have to be kept secret for now so as not to jeopardize ongoing investigations.

“It’s important for the public to know that we are in fact issuing subpoenas,” Rice said. “The subject matter of them will be made public at a certain point, as long as it doesn’t affect the integrity of the investigations. I think most people understand.”

The commission is tasked with probing campaign finance records at the State Board of Elections, which has failed to even appoint a staff investigator for the past couple of years.

DA Rice says she also expects additional public hearings to be announced soon. She says so far, though, no one has been subpoenaed to testify before the commission, all the subpoenas are for documents.