The state Investigation Commission report reviewed the myriad investigations into the Troopergate mess: the Albany district attorney's office, the state Commission on Public Integrity and the state inspector general's office. All the agencies probed whether Spitzer and his top aides misused state police to smear a political rival, then-Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno. The commission also interviewed members of the state police and the governor's office and reviewed "thousands of documents" related to the probes. Regardless, the report is said to read like a summation of news accounts.
The report, according to sources, does not address:
- Whether Herbert Teitelbaum, executive director of the Public Integrity Commission and a Spitzer friend, leaked information to the governor's aides through a third party.
- Why then-Inspector General Kristine Hamann, who was appointed by Spitzer, suddenly aborted her probe and simply signed off on findings by the attorney general's office.
- Why Albany District Attorney David Soares did not place anyone under oath when he first reviewed and dismissed the matter. And why Soares came out with a more critical second report only after Spitzer left office, stating that some of Spitzer's aides may have violated the law. Instead, the investigation committee report finds that the three agencies had competing interests and "lacked sufficient jurisdiction to conduct a thorough investigation into all of the issues of Troopergate." And it calls for merging the inspector general's office and the Public Integrity Commission into the commission itself. Doing so "will create a single investigatory agency, promoting efficiency, providing cost savings and helping to restore public confidence," commission chairman Alfred Lerner said in a draft press release obtained by the Daily News. Currently, there are six commissioners, two each appointed by the governor, Senate majority leader and Assembly speaker. firstname.lastname@example.org