Sprague said she was especially glad to serve with her colleagues Champagne and Hogan to bring about changes that will not only impact their upstate counties but the state as a whole.
Sprague and Champagne were in Albany Tuesday morning with the other commission members for the governor’s announcement.
The commission’s duties were outlined: to create a system to weed out wrongdoers and a framework of enforcement, checks and balances so public corruption will be more easily identified and quashed in state government, political campaigns and elections.
Cuomo said he failed to get his “Clean up Albany” legislation package through the State Legislature but made good on a promise that if the laws were not passed, he’d create the commission, using powers provided under the Moreland Act to accomplish the same goal: restore the public’s faith in state government.
The commission will look at existing laws and make recommendations for change, Cuomo said.
“New Yorkers want real reform and expect and deserve the officials they put in office to be working to serve the public interest, not their own,” Schneiderman said.
The commission “will be able to conduct a top-to-bottom investigation” on any aspect of the state’s government, he said.
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