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Moreland Commission
Appointed by
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

Executive Director
Regina Calcaterra
Chief Counsel
Kelly Donovan
Legislative Director
John Amodeo
Chief of Investigations
Danya Perry

Contact: Michelle Duffy, (212) 417-5965

Moreland Commission Announces First Round of Public Hearings to Take Place Across the State

Today, pursuant to Governor Cuomo’s executive order, the Moreland Commission to Investigate Public Corruption announced the first round of public hearings to be held across the state. Additional hearings will be announced in the near future. The hearings will be held on:

September 17, 2013 - Pace University, NYC
September 18, 2013 - Senator Walter J. Mahoney State Office Building, Buffalo
September 24, 2013 - The Crossings of Colonie Meeting Room, Loudonville

The public hearings will focus on three issues:

  • The adequacy of existing state laws, regulations and procedures involving unethical and unlawful misconduct by public officials
  • The electoral process
  • Campaign finance laws

Members of the public, as well as public officials, public policy experts, advocacy organizations and others are invited to testify or attend the hearings and are asked to address these issues.

Individuals unable to present testimony in person may also submit testimony before or after the hearings at: comments@moreland.ny.gov .

WHAT: New York City Moreland Commission Public Hearing
WHEN: 6 p.m., Tuesday, September 17, 2013 (Doors open at 5 p.m.)

WHERE: Pace University, NY Campus - Multipurpose Room, 1 Pace Plaza, NYC

WHAT: Western New York Moreland Commission Public Hearing
WHEN: 6 p.m., Wednesday, September 18, 2013 (Doors open at 5 p.m.)
WHERE: Senator Walter J. Mahoney State Office Building – Hearing Room #4 – 65 Court Street, Buffalo
WHAT: Capital Region Moreland Commission Public Hearing
WHEN: 6 p.m., Tuesday, September 24, 2013 (Doors open at 5 p.m.)
WHERE: The Crossings of Colonie Meeting Room, 580 Albany Shaker Road, Loudonville

On July 2, 2013, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo established the Commission under the Moreland Act (Section 6 of the New York State Executive Law) (“Moreland Commission”) and Executive Law Section 63(8) to probe systemic public corruption and the appearance of such corruption in state government, political campaigns and elections in New York State.

Areas where the Commission will focus its investigation include but are not limited to:

  • Criminal statutes for corruption and misconduct by public officials, such as bribery laws.
  • Campaign financing including but not limited to contribution limits and other restrictions; disclosure of third-party contributions and expenditures; and the effectiveness of existing campaign finance laws.
  • Compliance of outside organizations and persons with existing lobbying laws, including but not limited to organizations engaged in lobbying and other efforts to influence public policies and elections, and the effectiveness of such laws.
  • Adequacy and enforcement of the State’s election laws and electoral process including: the structure and composition of the State and County Boards of Elections, the Board of Elections’ enforcement, and the effectiveness of and compliance with existing election laws.

Executive Order 106 which created the Commission can be found at http://www.governor.ny.gov/sl2/ExecutiveOrderindex

The Commission’s website is www.publiccorruption.moreland.ny.gov

 

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Special Counsel: Robert Morgenthau; Special Advisors: Joseph D’Amico, Raymond Kelly, Barbara Bartoletti;
Commissioners: Patrick Barrett, Richard Briffault, Daniel Castleman, Derek Champagne, Eric Corngold, Kathleen Hogan, Nancy Hoppock, Seymour James, David Javdan, Robert Johnson, David R. Jones, Lance Liebman, Joanne Mahoney, Gerald Mollen, Makau Mutua, Benito Romano, Frank Sedita III, P. David Soares, Kristy Sprague, Betty Weinberg Ellerin, Peter Zimroth, Thomas P. Zugibe