Governor Andrew Cuomo's critics continue to attack him over the Moreland Commission, which the governor prematurely shut down earlier this year. Last week, The New York Times had a tough report which claimed the governor interfered with the anti-corruption commission's work. NY1's Zack Fink filed the following report.
The fallout over whether Governor Andrew Cuomo and his aides interfered in the work of the Moreland Commission is now garnering national attention.
First, it was Jon Stewart last week.
"You know the I made it, I can do whatever I want with it excuse only works for george Lucas. You know that, right?" Stewart said on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart."
This week, it's been a daily topic on MSNBC's "Morning Joe." A panel focused on Cuomo's decision to have a press conference in Buffalo yesterday to answer critics, along with his penchant for turning down TV interviews.
"It's one thing to do a press conference from really far away, and I understand and we talked about the different reasons why he doesn't want to do a lot of interviews right now. But I'm wondering if he should," said host Mika Brzezinski.
On Monday, Cuomo insisted he did nothing wrong—saying that even if his aides reached out to the commission, in the end, they had little impact on its investigations.
"Follow the movie to the conclusion. What happens at the end of the movie. Fitz says, 'I disagree with you Larry. We're not doing that.' Is the name of that movie 'Interference' or is the name of that movie 'Independence?'" Cuomo said.
Cuomo pointed to a statement released by one of the commission's three co-chairs, William Fitzpatrick, who said the group's work was never compromised.
Another Moreland Commission member, David Jones, ducked questions about the commission, however, noting he's been subpoenaed by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara.
"We were independent, but I am precluded from answering any questions on this. I am under subpoena from the U.S. Attorney," Jones said on NY1's "Inside City Hall."
The Cuomo campaigned seized on remarks Astorino made Monday which quoted the film "The Godfather" and compared Cuomo to a mafia boss.
Former City Council Speaker Peter Vallone spoke out on behalf of the governor.
"This is definitely a no-no. And I think Astorino knows better and I hope he will apologize," Vallone said.
"It's so silly. Here I am using one of the most famous lines in one of the most famous movies ever to make a metaphor, and oh, we take offense. Give me a break," Astorino said.