Law firms try to quash Moreland Commission subpoenas

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At least two law firms that employ state lawmakers have filed documents in court trying to quash subpoenas from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s anti-corruption commission, records show.

Both Harris Beach PLLC and Hiscock & Barclay LLP have asked the state Supreme Court to toss the demands from the Moreland Commission, which seek documents and communications related to lawmakers in the firms’ employ.

Hiscock & Barclay’s filing includes the actual subpoena from the commission, which was issued on Oct. 15. The demand focuses on one lawmaker in particular — Assemblyman Will Barclay, R-Pulaski, Oswego County — and asks for documents and communications regarding his compensation, clients and contracts with the firm.

The firm argues the subpoena is unlawful on a number of grounds, specifically that it “lacks the requisite factual basis, materiality and relevance, demands privileged and confidential materials, and is overly broad, unduly burdensome and oppressive.”

A similar defense was filed by Harris Beach, which employs Sen. Michael Nozzolio, R-Fayette, Seneca County.

Meanwhile, the Daily News reported Friday that outside attorneys for the state Senate and Assembly will file a similar attempt to quash subpoenas at some point today.

Here’s the filing from Hiscock & Barclay. The actual subpoena can be found here.

Hiscock and Barclay

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