Cuomo says Moreland Commission made its own decisions

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo spoke in Buffalo on Monday, his first appearance since a story on the Moreland Commission became public.

Cuomo was in Buffalo to speak about jobs, but once reporters started asking questions, the conversation changed. Cuomo says the commission made its own decisions and that his office only offered suggestions.

Cuomo created the commission a year ago and dismantled it in the spring. The commission was designed to investigate ethical lapses among state officials. A report in the New York Times alleged Cuomo's staff attempted to meddle in the commission's actions.

One of the commission's chairmen, Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick, said Cuomo's office never interfered.

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