Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice said an anti-corruption panel created by Gov. Andrew Cuomo has already issued subpoenas for documents, as it works toward releasing a preliminary report on public corruption and the state’s election system by year’s end.
Rice, a Democrat who co-chairs the Moreland Commission, declined to state the nature of the subpoenas or whom they were sent to, but said they sought documents.
“I can talk to you later about making those public in terms of what we’ve requested, but that again is something … all the commissioners have to agree on in terms of what is going to be made public,” Rice told reporters in Albany Tuesday. “What is important for the public to know is that subpoenas are in fact being issued. The subject matter of them may or may not be able to be made public for the reasons I’ve already stated.
She continued: “But the one thing that makes this commission different is we can issue subpoenas, and I think it’s important for the public to know we are going in that direction.”
Cuomo appointed a panel of mostly prosecutors under the state Moreland Act earlier this year, while partnering with Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to give the panel broad subpoena power.
Rice co-chairs the panel with Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick, a Republican, and Milton Williams, an attorney and former federal and state prosecutor.