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Moreland Commission gives report to Governor

ALBANY  -- The Moreland Commission released its preliminary report  to the public Monday evening, hours after it sent it to Governor Cuomo. The commission calls for public financing of state-wide elections and lowering campaign contribution limits.

The public trust in the legislature as a whole is dampened and it's through the actions of a few, not through the actions of many. Whatever we can do to help re-solidify that support is a positive step forward, said Asm. John McDonald (D) - Cohoes.

The report detailed a need for reform in an effort to stop corruption at the Capitol.

Based on what we have learned so far, we conclude that deep and comprehensive reform cannot wait, read the report. Public corruption has become all too commonplace and has eroded the public trust and confidence. One out of every eleven legislators to leave office since 1999 has done so under the cloud of ethical or criminal violations, and multiple sitting officials are facing indictments on public corruption charges

McDonald received one of the 200 subpoenas sent out by the commission as part of its campaign finance investigation. McDonalds subpoena was later rescinded because he was not a legislator during the period when the commission was investigating.

How do you put together a better solution that is devoid of politics? Thats the challenge the Moreland commission is laying out and it's incumbent on us as legislators working with the governor to find the best solution out there to restore the trust because of the actions of a few, said McDonald.

Cuomo established the commission earlier this year after the legislature failed to act on campaign finance reform bills. Critics of the commission, made up of district attorneys from across the state, said it did not go far enough.

Any commission that doesn't investigate the governor, attorney general and comptroller is a bit of a sham of a commission and I think that's where we're at right now, said Asm. Steve McLauglin (R) - Melrose

I think all this ever was about is the governor wants public financing of campaigns. He didn't get it from the legislature he threw a little tantrum and empaneled the Moreland Commission and that's all it ever was, which I said before is the exact wrong thing to do for the people of New York.