The Moreland Commission didn’t take kindly to the Legislature’s rebuke this afternoon of its request for details about lawmakers’ outside income.
“The New York State Legislature has refused to turn over the information requested by the Moreland Commission revealing their outside clients. As the old adage goes, if you’ve done nothing wrong, you have nothing to hide,” the statement read. “We believe the legislature’s position is legally indefensible, ethically repugnant, and disrespectful to the public’s right to know.’
And it closed with:
“There are a number of avenues through which the Commission can obtain the information being sought, and we will pursue them.”
Lawmakers had always closely guarded details about their outside income and clients. But that wall was largely knocked down this year when they had to release ranges of income and all outside business interests.
The Moreland panel, commissioned by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in June, is seeking specific details about clients. Yet the Legislature claimed in a letter today that the commission is overstepping its bounds and not legally entitled to any more information than what was presented to the Joint Commission on Public Ethics in July.