- Associated Press - Sunday, April 13, 2014

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The closing this week of New York's Commission to Investigate Public Corruption is also ending the panel’s attempt in court to subpoena information about state legislators’ outside business interests.

The state Assembly and Senate joined a half-dozen law firms late last year filing suit to block the commission’s subpoenas.

In the most recent filing, both sides stipulate that Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s promise to end the commission’s investigations following agreement with legislators on new anti-corruption laws has made the court proceeding “moot.”

Dismissal motions are due April 25.

The commission appointed by Cuomo sought information about outside employment by New York’s part-time legislators, many of them lawyers, to determine “real or perceived conflicts.”

The law firms argue the governor threatened client confidentiality and overstepped his constitutional authority trying to investigate legislators.