ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo has established a powerful investigative body to examine public corruption, including potential wrongdoing by legislators in campaign fundraising.
Cuomo outlined the panel Tuesday morning at the state capitol.
He was joined by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman who says he'll deputize the commission members, giving them broad authority to investigate any branch of state government, refer cases for prosecution and recommend changes in the law.
Cuomo announced his intentions two weeks ago after abandoning efforts to get reforms through the legislature. That followed federal bribery and embezzlement charges filed against several state lawmakers.
The committee is established by executive order under both New York's anti-corruption Moreland Act and the state's Executive Law. It will have subpoena power and go after the influence of campaign contributions on government.