Fitzpatrick discusses Moreland Commission, Mahoney talks about green efforts on ‘The Capitol Pressroom’

On Oct. 22, WCNY’s The Capitol Pressroom spoke with Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick about the Moreland Commission. The show also featured an interview with Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney and her green infrastructure efforts.

Fitzpatrick, co-chair of New York’s anti-corruption Moreland Commission, rejected criticism of the panel and said the group remains independent and is effectively doing its job to investigate corruption.

He also told host Susan Arbetter that though the co-chairs are required to talk with the governor periodically, it is completely false that Gov. Cuomo is interfering with the commission’s work. “Whatever else we are, we are independent,” Fitzpatrick said.

Fitzpatrick said that as deputy attorneys general, he and the other members of the panel would use the powers of law enforcement and subpoena given to them to find bad players.  Cuomo created the Moreland Commission in the beginning of July after a number of political scandals swept through Albany this year.

Mahoney discussed Syracuse’s Save the Rain program, the county’s runoff infrastructure, and the Enviornmental Protection Agency’s praise of the city’s ability to go green by creating the right projects and establishing effective communication between departments. “I was very proud of what happened yesterday,” Mahoney said. “Since 2009, Onondaga County has done 120 Save the Rain projects, which captures the rain where it falls and returns it to the environment. It’s a much more environmentally friendly strategy, but it’s also less expensive.”

Mahoney also dismissed reports that she might be running for Lieutenant Governor alongside  Cuomo in 2014. “There have been zero conversations…it’s just a rumor,” Mahoney said.

The Capitol Pressroom airs weekdays at 11 a.m. on WCNY.

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