He disbanded his own anti-corruption commission before its work was done, but Gov. Cuomo claimed Tuesday a law he approved spurred corruption charges against one of New York’s state legislative leaders.
While addressing students at Harvard University on Tuesday, Cuomo was asked why five legislative leaders in a row were indicted on corruption charges — including former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, who are currently on trial in federal courts.
“We have passed all kinds of laws, more transparency and disclosure laws than ever before,” Cuomo said.
“One of the state leaders was indicted because of one of the laws that I passed that required more disclosure,” he added.
Had the US attorney not picked up the Moreland files and pursued the cases the commission was looking into, Sheldon Silver would not have been indicted.
In fact, there is an argument to be made that, since the head of the Moreland Commission was feeding Cuomo's office everything that the commission was doing, and since the commission was looking into both then Assembly Speaker Silver and then state Senate Majority Leader Skelos, Cuomo knew Silver and Skelos were both targets and made a deal to shut the commission with them anyway in exchange for a lukewarm package of ethics reform and a budget deal.
Takes a lot of chutzpah for Cuomo to claim he's the reason Silver was indicted when Silver wouldn't have been indicted had not Preet Bharara intervened.