New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office repeatedly interfered with the work of a commission investigating corruption in New York politics whenever the investigation got too close to groups connected to the governor, according to an investigation by The New York Times.
The Moreland Commission repeatedly pulled back subpoenas to companies that bought air time for the governor or donated to his campaigns, at the behest of the governor's office and a board member — the commission's executive director Regina M. Calcaterra — who worked closely with the governor's secretary, according to the paper. The governor abruptly disbanded the 18-month investigation in March, 10 months early.
Several members of the commission said they felt limited by the governor's office and Calcaterra, who at one point demanded to see all subpoena requests before they were sent out. “We were created with all this fanfare and the governor was going to clean up Albany,” Barbara Bartoletti, a special adviser to the commission, told The New York Times. “And it became purely a vehicle for the governor to get legislation. Another notch for his re-election campaign. That was it.”