Cuomo: 'No appetite' for full-time Legislature
Dec 02, 2015 6:45 am
Jimmy Vielkind is reporting at Politico New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tue., Dec. 1, he will push for more disclosure and transparency in the coming legislative session, but said he is not going to focus his efforts on creating a full-time Legislature because there's “no appetite” for it among current lawmakers. Cuomo's comments came in the wake of former Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver's conviction on corruption charges this week. Cuomo said, “The cleaner solution would be, full-time Legislature, you get one check, no outside income, period,” Cuomo told reporters after delivering a speech in Harlem. The governor also offered a new assessment of his decision to disband the Moreland Commission to Investigate Public Corruption. Cuomo now says the point of the Moreland Commission was not to investigate, but simply to “spur” lawmakers and “educate the public” about ethical blind spots. Cuomo convened the Commission in 2013 after lawmakers failed to do anything in response to the arrests of senators Malcolm Smith and John Sampson on criminal charges. Both men were later convicted. At the time, Cuomo said the Commission would conduct "a real follow-the-money investigation." Read the full story at Politico New York.