The Moreland Commission recently established by Governor Cuomo to investigate corruption in the public service issues its first subpoenas
The editorial team of the NYMUNIBLOG, published by the Harris Beach law firm as a public service, has posted a new item, "Moreland Commission Issues First Subpoenas." The post reports that the Moreland Commission recently appointed by Governor Cuomo to investigate corruption in the public service has issued its “first wave of subpoenas” and that more subpoenas are expected to be issued in the near future. The Commission has scheduled initial public hearings to be held in September.
The Moreland Act, now §6 of Executive Law, was passed by the New York State Legislature and signed into law in 1907. The Act authorizes the governor, in person or through one or more persons appointed by the governor, to examine the management and affairs of any department, board, bureau or commission of the State. Commission investigators have the power to interview witnesses, administer oaths, hold hearings, and seize any material deemed relevant to the Commission's investigation.The Commission is expected to releasing an interim report by the end of 2013 and its final report in mid-2014.
Additional information on the scope of investigations undertaken by a Moreland Commission is posted on the Harris Beach Legal Alert website at “Insights into the history and intricacies of a Moreland Commission investigation.”