By Robert J. McCarthy
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said in Buffalo today that state officials are "talking" about the status of his Moreland Commission on Public Integrity, but he does not expect any immediate change in its status.
"They're talking as they should be; everybody's talking, which is intelligent," he said during groundbreaking ceremonies for the new University at Buffalo Medical School. "I don't believe there's going to be any quick resolution to the matter. That's my gut."
Media reports have indicated in recent days that the governor was mulling an "exit strategy" for the panel, which has come under increasing criticism for what some call unexpected involvement in some commission matters by his office. And some good government groups have expressed fear that the commission -- designed to root out public corruption in Albany and offer legislative reforms to prevent its recurrence -- is losing credibility.
But the governor said today only that discussions continue with no immediate developments contemplated.