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Cuomo sets corruption panel

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Posted: Thursday, July 11, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 11:03 am, Thu Jul 18, 2013.

Gov. Cuomo has appointed a Commission to Investigate Public Corruption, a move he promised he would make if the Legislature failed to pass his package of government and ethics reforms this past session.

“We must root out corruption in politics and government,” Cuomo said. “... From the beginning, I said I would not accept a watered-down approach to cleaning up Albany and that the Legislature must either pass this package or I would empanel an investigative commission tasked with these same goals to achieve reform.”

Under the state’s Moreland Act of 1907, such a commission has broad authority to subpoena individuals and applicable records and information.

It is co-chaired by Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice, Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick and Milton Williams, a former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York and former assistant district attorney in Manhattan.

NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly is on board as a special advisor.

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