Law firms try to quash Moreland Commission subpoenas


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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