New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is defending his move to disband the state ethics panel that he created to look into corruption in Albany.  "The New York Times" claims the governor pulled the plug on the Moreland Commission after it started closing in on some of his supporters.

Cuomo has released a statement to the newspaper saying that a commission appointed by and staffed by the executive can't investigate the executive.  He called it a "pure conflict of interest" that wouldn't "pass the laugh test."  Federal prosecutors are investigating whether Cuomo interfered with the ethics panel.