Even after its disbandment in April, five staffers from the defunct Moreland Commission remain on the state payroll, including its former executive director at a salary of $175,000 a year, records from the state Comptroller’s Office showed.
Regina Calcaterra, the former executive director, was earning just slightly less than the $179,000 that Gov. Andrew Cuomo makes. Calcaterra is at the heart of the scrutiny over whether the Moreland Commission was inappropriately steered by Cuomo’s office.
She is accused of reporting back to Cuomo’s office the work of the commission and for working with Cuomo’s top aide, Larry Schwartz, in directing the commission’s work. Cuomo’s office contends the conduct was appropriate.
Two Moreland Commission associate counsels — Aylin Ictemel and Justin Teres — were also on the payroll, the state records showed. Their salaries are $63,000 a year.
An investigative auditor, Derek Ettinger, earned $90,000, and Rebecca Weber, also an investigative auditor, had a salary of $85,000.
It’s unclear why they are still on the payroll within the executive department. There was no immediate comment from Cuomo’s office.
Updated: The governor’s office said the four workers, other than Calcaterra, have been reassigned to other agencies. Calcaterra is also in the process of being reassigned after she finished up work with the commission.
Cuomo disbanded the Moreland Commission to root out corruption in Albany in March as part of a deal for some ethics reforms. Now the U.S. Attorney’s Office is investigating the decision, as well as perhaps dozens of cases the panel was reviewing.
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