Now, it’s personal.
The grandson of Sherman Moreland, who created the eponymous Moreland Commission in the early 1900s, ripped Gov. Andrew Cuomo for ending a Moreland Commission the governor started less than a year ago to root out corruption in state government.
“Why is this important? Because over the last 110 years, the Moreland Act and its duly appointed commission has been the bulwark against corruption in government in New York,” the grandson, also named Sherman Moreland, wrote in a op-ed today in the Press & Sun-Bulletin in Binghamton today.
“Virtually every governor, including Mario Cuomo and Charles Evans Hughes, has effectively and harshly dealt with corruption, that nemesis of good government and principled politics.”
Moreland, who lives in Vestal said his grandfather, who represented nearby Chemung County, created the commission at the turn of the century to give the governor ability to investigate the executive branch. The elder Moreland died in 1951 at age 83.
“Since 1904, state government has been swept clean of corruption by a commission comprised of prominent men of unquestioned integrity,” Moreland wrote. “Such a legacy should not be swept away by political bargaining over new legislation that could never meet the standards of the Moreland Act investigations.”
Cuomo has been under criticism for disbanding the Moreland Commission last month in exchange for ethics reform. U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara is delving into the commission’s work to see if there’s any criminal investigations to pursue, and some members said their work wasn’t finished.
“Sorry, Grandpa. Your values still make you a hero to me,” Moreland concluded.