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High court nominee sat on Moreland anti-corruption panel

The list of nominees for the pending vacancy on New York’s highest court contains the usual mix of candidates with experience as judges, private lawyers and government attorneys.

Only one candidate has this on his resume: served on the oft-criticized Moreland Commission to Investigate Public Corruption.

Eric Corngold, 58, was a member of that panel, which Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo created in 2013. While Cuomo initially said the panel was free to look at anything, his administration later was accused of interfering with commission operations. Cuomo, a Democrat, shuttered the commission in 2014, ahead of schedule, after the State Legislature agreed to some ethics laws Cuomo had wanted.

Corngold, a private attorney, also worked previously for Cuomo when the latter was state attorney general and was appointed by the governor to the State University of New York board of trustees.

Cuomo is slated in January to nominate someone to replace Judge Eugene Pigott, who is stepping down from the Court of Appeals after reaching the mandatory retirement age of 70.

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