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Candidates for Governor React to NY Times Report on Moreland Commission

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After a lengthy New York Times report came out that said Governor Andrew Cuomo's administration repeatedly interfered with the work of an anti-corruption commission Cuomo, himself, created, his political opponents are seeing the focus on the Moreland commission as a opportunity. Nick Reisman, from NY1's sister station in Albany, filed the following report.

Political opponents of Governor Andrew Cuomo were quick to pounce on an exhaustive New York Times story revealing how a top aide played a key role in directing and blocking subpoenas from anti-corruption Moreland Commission created last year.

"Governor Andrew Cuomo should resign if he directed or even knew what his top aide was doing, obstructing with the anti-corruption commission," said gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout.

Fordham law professor Zephyr Teachout has previously blasted Cuomo for his handling of ethics in Albany, and now she says the governor needs to explain his role in the Moreland Commission's investigation.

"The people of New York deserve to know. Governor Cuomo needs to come clean immediately about what he knew about what his top aide was doing," Teachout said.

While the Times story is a black eye for the governor, it remains to be seen whether his opponents can gain any traction off it.

Cuomo leads Republican candidate for governor Rob Astorino by 37 percentage points, according to a Siena College poll released this week.

Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins, who registered 6 percent in that poll, says it could turn the election's focus to ethics.

"This just corroborates what we already had an inkling was going on. For me, that means I came out here saying we need a debate on jobs, but after reading that we need a debate on ethics and campaign finance reform," said Hawkins.

Astorino, meanwhile, blasted Cuomo's apparent hypocrisy of campaigning in 2010 on reforming Albany's often murky ethics and failing to do so.

"It's galling that a man who rode in to be a white knight is actually knee deep in scandal right now. Mr. Cuomo needs to come clean and he needs to do that right now," Astorino said.

In response, the Cuomo campaign said it takes nerve for Astorino to criticize Cuomo on ethics, citing his $30,000 paycheck for an outside consulting job.

Astorino is Aspen, Colorado to meet with top GOP donors and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

It's a meeting that comes two days after Christie said Astorino doesn't have a chance of unseating Cuomo. Astorino says he brought a copy of today's Times with him to the meeting.

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