An executive order released Tuesday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo gives broad power to an anti-corruption panel, granting it subpoena power under the state’s Moreland Act and broader jurisdiction by bringing the state attorney general’s office into the fold.
According to the order, the 25-person commission, unveiled by Cuomo Tuesday morning, will be charged with investigating three areas of concern: The state Board of Elections’ enforcement of campaign finance laws, regulation of lobbying entities and non-profits, and “weaknesses in existing laws, regulations and procedures relating to addressing public corruption … in state Government.”
The commission, which features district attorneys from across the state, will have to issue a preliminary report by the end of the year and a final report by the end of next.
But if they come across any criminal wrongdoing in the meantime, the evidence must be immediately made available to the attorney general’s office and “other appropriate law enforcement authorities” for a referral.
Here’s the full order, released this afternoon by the Cuomo administration: