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Majority Of Moreland Commission Members Recommend Publicly Financed Elections Statewide

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A commission looking at corruption in state government announced its preliminary findings and recommendations Monday.

According to the Moreland Commission, the majority of the 22 members and three co-chairs recommended statewide adoption of publicly financed elections.

Seven commissioners disagreed, calling the findings "deeply flawed" and pointing to the large sums of private money that still play a large role in New York City's elections, despite its system of partial public funding.

While not addressing the report, Governor Andrew Cuomo continued to defend the need for institutional reform.

"The public has lost confidence, the public has lost trust, and we need to do something to restore the public trust because it's important for the people to trust the legislature as a whole," Cuomo said. "And if we restore the trust, then the relationship between the legislature and the people is restored, and your power is actually increased, and your ability to do good."

Cuomo appointed the commission in July.

In doing so, he evoked a 106-year-old law called the Moreland Act.

A final report is due by January 1, 2015.

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