Governor Andrew Cuomo disbanded his much ballyhooed Moreland Commission because the State Legislature passed an ethics reform package.
At least that's what he told Charlie Rose during an interview last night. Cuomo said he'd told legislators that if they didn't pass ethics legislation that he wanted, he'd form the commission to examine public corruption in Albany; predictably, the Legislature failed to pass reforms and Cuomo set up the commission.
But he says that he made a mistake along the way: he didn't adequately explain that he planned to disband the commission once — or if — the Assembly and Senate passed the ethics bill. And this session, the two chambers passed that legislation, minus the public finance system that Cuomo wanted.
"I got 85 percent of what I wanted," Cuomo told Rose.
During this election year, Republicans have blasted Cuomo for disbanding the commission; they've also used it as a line of attack against Democrats aligned with Cuomo. And the New York Times had a detailed story alleging that Cuomo aides interfered with the commission's work pretty much from Day One.
Below is a clip from Rose's interview with Cuomo, where the governor talks about the Moreland Commission.