Republican Gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino stopped in Syracuse Monday to address, among many things, Governor Andrew Cuomoâ??s alleged interference with the Moreland Commission, an anti-corruption commission Cuomo himself founded.
The governorâ??s potential involvement in derailing the commission before it could investigate groups connected to him was recently reported on by the New York Times.
â??(Governor Cuomo) has shown a pattern of lies that were exposed by the New York Times,â?? Astorino says. â??(He) used his influence to cut off the investigation before it got too close for comfort.â??
Governor Cuomo, in a news conference in Buffalo, defended his handling of the Moreland Commission, dismissing the New York Times report that his administration tampered with its work.
Cuomo says the commission made its own decisions, and that his office only offered suggestions. Cuomo disbanded the commission this spring.
Astorino, who says the U.S. Attorneyâ??s Office is investigating Cuomo, disagrees, calling this â??Far worse than Eliot Spitzer and worse than â??Bridgegate.â?? This is Andrew Cuomoâ??s Watergate in the making.â??
Astorino is calling on the Governor to provide â??straight-up answersâ?? about his role in disbanding the Moreland Commission, saying Cuomo could be guilty of â??tampering, obstruction of justice and civil rights violations.â??
One of the Moreland Commissionâ??s chairmen, Onondaga County DA Bill Fitzpatrick, said Monday that Cuomoâ??s office never interfered.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.