A nasty push and pull between state lawmakers and the anti-corruption commission appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo is spilling into public view.
In a joint letter, attorneys for the Democratic-led Assembly and the coalition-controlled state Senate told the Commission on Public Corruption that they would not provide the panel with any further information on legislators' outside income beyond what existing law requires.
The commission had requested that legislators reveal more information on their outside income as well as their legal clients.
In the letter, lawyers say the commission doesn't have the jurisdiction to demand the disclosure.
The commission, which held its first public hearing this week, responded swiftly with a statement that reads, "We believe the legislature's position is legally indefensible, ethically repugnant, and disrespectful to the public's right to know. There are a number of avenues through which the Commission can obtain the information being sought, and we will pursue them."