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Corruption commission quietly closing down

ALBANY (AP) — The special commission appointed last year by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to investigate political corruption in New York is quietly winding down this week.

Cuomo said that’s because the legislature passed new laws to toughen bribery prosecutions and establish a new campaign finance policeman.

The commission’s two dozen members, many of them county district attorneys, have no more meetings or final report planned. Some staff has returned to the state offices they came from. Remaining staff have been referring out cases.

The investigative group won’t say what cases are referred to other authorities, or even how many. It also isn’t talking about plans for information it gathered or subpoenaed.

Cuomo established the panel after abandoning efforts to get reforms through the legislature last year. That followed federal bribery and embezzlement charges filed against several state lawmakers.