In the news conference, Bharara said his office wasn’t the only investigative entity to have probed Silver’s outside work, and noted the Moreland panel’s work on the subject.
“But a deal was cut that cut off the commission’s work,” Bharara said. “To the great relief of Sheldon Silver, who furiously fought its subpoenas and urged the commission’s early shutdown, Moreland was made to close its doors after only nine months, its work barely begun, and while litigation over those subpoenas about Sheldon Silver’s outside income was still pending before a state judge.”
“The show-me-the-money culture of Albany has been perpetuated and promoted at the very top of the political food chain,” Bharara said.
A spokesman for Cuomo had no immediate comment.