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Thursday, April 17, 2014

U.S. Attorney To Examine Corruption Uncovered by the Moreland Commission

Well it's bad news and good news! After the Governor abolished the corruption investigating commission he set up in an apparent budget deal with the legislature, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara wrote the Commission asking for their voluminous files. You can read about the decision to defund the Commission as part of the State budget deal here and the actions of federal prosecutor's here.

In two letters to the commission, the U.S. Attorney's Office asked the Commission to “preserve all documents that may be under your control” – including emails. They have since been turned over.

“We’re going to look at the documents,” stated Bharara in an interview. “We’re going to see what the facts are, and if there are questions that are appropriate to ask … my office will ask those questions.”

Why might you ask is this connected to North Greenbush? Well because our own Tom Connolly was the subject of scathing criticism from the Moreland Commission. You can read our past posts here and here.

If there was ever a clear and meaningful target for a federal probe the actions documented by the Moreland Commission on Mr. Connolly's escapades cry for examination. Let's hope U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara is able to fulfill his pledge to pursue corruption in Albany. This news coming from a determined federal prosecutor can't be comforting to those with something to hide.

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