ELMIRA | Gov. Andrew Cuomo has some more explaining to do after being accused of interfering with and then abruptly disbanding the commission he created to weed out corruption, lieutenant governor candidate Christopher Moss said Tuesday.
Moss, the Chemung County sheriff running with Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino, criticized Cuomo at a press conference Tuesday in Elmira over a recent newspaper article that claimed a top Cuomo aide interfered with the work of the Moreland Commission.
In the article, the New York Times reported that Larry Schwartz asked commissioners to halt subpoenas to a media-buying firm that once worked for Cuomo as well as a group that backed the governor’s campaign. Schwartz also pressured the commission not to investigate a lobbying group that raised millions in donations to be used for television ads, the newpaper reported.
The report spurred U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara to launch a review into the commission’s  work, which ended when the governor disbanded it this spring.
Meanwhile, Cuomo has denied any wrongdoing.
Moss doesn’t believe him.
“He disbanded the Moreland Commission and stopped subpoenas. The U.S. Attorney’s Office has launched an investigation,” Moss said. “The governor needs to come clean on what his involvement is. He needs to explain why his henchman Larry Schwartz is pulling back subpoenas.”
The Moreland Commission controversy also underscores the need for reform in Albany, a key part of Astorino’s platform, Moss said.
Establishing term limits and eliminating per diems for public officials were changes that Astorino would seek if elected, and a state employee convicted of a misdemeanor or a felony should lose their pension, Moss said as he held up a jug of bleach and a broom.
“We will clean up Albany,” he said.