Governor Cuomo’s Moreland Act Commission on public corruption is holding it’s second in a series of public hearings Tuesday evening. It comes amid heightened tensions between the governor and the legislature over the disclosure of lawmaker’s client lists.
Governor Cuomo says he plans to offer support to a November ballot referendum to allow new gambling casinos in New York.
Cuomo , who urged the legislature to approve a plan to build four gambling resorts upstate, and possibly more in New York City in a few years, says he will be promoting a yes vote on the referendum in the coming weeks.
“I support the referendum, I’ll be working to pass the referendum,” Cuomo said. “And then it’s going to be up to the voters.”
Lawyers for the New York State legislature say lawmakers who are attorney won’t comply with a request by Governor Cuomo’s commission on public corruption to hand over lists of their private clients.
In a letter sent to Governor Cuomo’s Moreland Act commission late Friday, attorneys for the state Senate and Assembly say they will not hand over lists of legislator’s private clients, because state law does not currently mandate that level of disclosure.
This November voters in New York will decide whether the state will allow up to seven new resort style gambling casinos, when they have the choice of saying yes or no to an amendment. But the wording of the actual referendum on the ballot may increase the odds of the new casinos being approved.
Most ballot referendums proposing constitutional changes are written in very drab, and even confusing language. But the proposal to change the state’s constitution to allow up to seven new gambling casinos is different.
A commission appointed by Governor Cuomo to investigate public corruption is holding its first series of hearings. At the kick off event in New York City, a prominent figure in busting corruption in the legislature announced he’s found a back door way to confiscating the pensions of convicted state politicians.