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Cuomo defends choice on Moreland Commission

Irondequoit, N.Y. -- Facing criticism from Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara for disbandment of the Moreland Commission on Thursday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo defended his decision.

"It was created because the Legislature would not pass something called the Public Trust Act, last session," said Cuomo.

The Moreland Commission was empaneled in 2013 to investigate public corruption. Cuomo shut it down two weeks ago, following passage of anti-corruption laws.

Bharara has requested the commission's unfinished work and told commissioners closing their efforts was "premature."

"We have plenty of enforcement mechanisms by and large in this state, we have district attorneys, U.S. attorneys," said Cuomo. "I didn't believe we needed yet another bureaucracy for enforcement; we needed laws changed, and that's what Moreland was about."

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