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Moreland mess: The question of advice versus interference

ALBANY -- One critical element in Albany’s latest conflict is whether Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo simply provided advice to the Moreland Commission on corruption, or if he improperly interfered with it.

Cuomo said he and top aide Larry Schwartz provided necessary advice, because the commission Cuomo appointed was divided by factions and unfamiliar with how Albany works.

Good-government advocates fear the powerful governor over-reached to get commissioners to focus on the legislature, rather than himself.

Former Democratic Assemb. Richard Brodsky, now with the Wagner School of New York University, said he doesn’t know what happened, but he offered this commentary on Cuomo’s position:

“At some point, someone can make a very improbable argument that saying ‘Your money or your life’ is merely advice,” Brodsky said.

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