Republican attorney general candidate John Cahill criticized Attorney General Eric Schneiderman for his role in the Moreland Commission “fiasco,” saying he hasn’t taken steps to clean up Albany.
“The most basic responsibility of the office is to uphold the integrity of our government and Eric Schneiderman has done little to fight the corruption that’s so plainly eroding people’s confidence in Albany,” Cahill said in a statement.
Schneiderman and Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the Moreland Commission on July 2, and Schneiderman deputized the commissioners, giving them broad power to investigate corruption in state government.
But Schneiderman has tried to stay clear of the criticism. His office represented the commission when it was sued for its work.
When the Moreland Commission was formed, Schneiderman said, “This commission will be able to conduct a top to bottom investigation of New York state’s government and move us forward to repair our broken political process, strengthen our representative democracy and give New Yorkers the quality of leadership they deserve.”
Schneiderman’s campaign defended his work.
“No Attorney General in New York state history has been as aggressive in cracking down on public corruption as Attorney General Schneiderman, who has in less than four years prosecuted 40 politicians, government employees and nonprofit officials who abused the public trust — including legislators from his own party,” campaign spokesman Peter Ajemian said.
“He’s done all this despite the absence of original jurisdiction covering public corruption — a statutory weakness he’s fought to change — and helped overcome that constraint through an innovative and unprecedented partnership with the State Comptroller, Operation Integrity. All of which leaves one to ask, simply: where on earth has John Cahill been on any of these issues?”