In today’s Gannett newspapers, we look at Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s anti-corruption commission and its harsh criticism of the state Board of Elections.
The Moreland Commission’s findings, as it turns out, sound a familiar tune.
In a long-awaited report, Governor Cuomo’s anti-corruption panel made a series of sweeping recommendations to stem the tide of misconduct in Albany, including an overhaul of the state’s lax election laws and who enforces them.
The year was 1990. The governor was Mario Cuomo. And not much has changed.
The state Board of Elections, the report concluded at the time, was no longer fit for the job of enforcement, lacking the “wherewithal to enforce existing limits on campaign contributions.”
What’s old is new again at the state Capitol.
A 98-page report this month from the state Moreland Commission, which was created this year by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to probe public corruption in New York, offered a similar condemnation of the Board of Elections. But the board has remained, despite decades of criticism and scrutiny from reform advocates.
Think you can tell the difference between the 2013 Moreland report and the final dispatch from Mario Cuomo’s Commission on Government Integrity (better known as the Feerick Commission) in 1990? You can take our quiz below. (UPDATE: You can find a more user-friendly quiz here.)