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Advocates concerned as state Board of Elections gains new oversight powers

ALBANY — Six years ago, the Moreland Commission to Investigate Public Corruption slammed the state Board of Elections for its allegedly non-existent enforcement of election laws, arguing that the politically appointed board had in essence stuck a “bipartisan agreement to do nothing.”

Though the Moreland Commission was scuttled by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo halfway through its planned lifespan, its preliminary report ultimately resulted in the creation of a new, independent election law enforcement office that since its creation has been overseen by attorney Risa Sugarman. Over the past five years, Sugarman’s office has seemed to change the board’s formerly lackluster dynamic by pursuing a number of high-profile cases — probes that have angered a bipartisan array of prominent politicians and interest groups.

Yet as a result of a report issued late Sunday by another, newer commission — this one appointed by the Legislature and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to implement a publicly funded campaign system in New York — a significant amount of the enforcement work appears headed away from the independent enforcement counsel’s office and back to the state Board of Elections.

That has some government reform advocates concerned.

“According to the Moreland Commission, the board was ineffective at enforcement and did …read more

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