Gov. Andrew Cuomo said earlier today that he and legislative leaders remain divided on campaign finance and election reform.
Cuomo has introduced a number of bills to limit campaign contributions and third-parties’ influence. But he said a deal with lawmakers remains elusive.
“Right now, we haven’t been making significant progress,” Cuomo told reporters during a break at a tourism summit.
His comments came before six Democratic senators were said to have been recorded on wiretaps by Sen. Shirley Huntley, D-Queens, who was convicted last year on corruption charges.
Cuomo didn’t rule out empaneling a Moreland Commission to go after corruption in Albany — an investigative body he threatened to use in 2011 when he couldn’t immediately get ethics reform with lawmakers.
With the latest revelation today, Cuomo and the Legislature will undoubtedly face additional pressure to act.
“On the reform proposals that I’ve sent up, am I overly optimistic? No,” Cuomo said. “There’s still time; we’ll see. One way or the other I want to make sure something is done at the end of session. I do have the ability to act unilaterally.”