On Tuesday, he did exactly that – appointing a special commission to investigate and prosecute dishonest officials. And today he returned to the SUNY Buffalo Law School to tout the powers of a “Moreland Commission” that he said may prove superior to the laws that legislators rejected last month.
“They haven't designed a perfect human being yet, and you will have politicians doing bad things,” Cuomo told reporters following an address before about 75 invited guests in the law library. “The question is, do you have a system in place that when someone does the wrong thing they get caught and prosecuted?
“Do you have a system in place that is designing a better way to remove the loopholes, etc., so that it is harder for people to do the wrong thing?” he added. “And that's what I want addressed.”
The commission named for the 1907 Moreland Act includes prosecutors and legal experts whom the governor called the “best and the brightest...the all-star team” that will probe “systemic corruption and the appearance of such corruption in state government, political campaigns and elections in New York State.”
Included among his appointees are two Western New Yorkers, Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III, and Makau W. Mutua, dean of the SUNY Buffalo Law School. Both spoke at today's law school event.