NEW YORK (AP) — A New York anti-corruption commission pointedly critiqued the state's Board of Elections at a hearing, questioning its enforcement efforts and the dual-party nature of its very structure.
Representatives of the state election board pushed back against the questioning from members of the Moreland Commission to Investigate Public Corruption at Monday night's Manhattan hearing. They emphasized a lack of resources and staff at the organization.
The hearing was the third from the Moreland commission. It was created by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
The commission isn't technically authorized to investigate the legislative branch of state government. But Cuomo directed the commission to investigate the records of the Board of Elections and the Joint Commission on Public Ethics, both executive branch agencies. That probe would consider the connection between campaign contributions, lobbying and lawmakers.