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Gov. Andrew Cuomo in July, 2013, announcing the formation of the "Commission to Investigate Public Corruption" under the Moreland Act. Photo: Gov. Cuomo's office via <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/governorandrewcuomo/9194313964/in/set-72157634442666751">Flickr</a>
Gov. Andrew Cuomo in July, 2013, announcing the formation of the "Commission to Investigate Public Corruption" under the Moreland Act. Photo: Gov. Cuomo's office via Flickr

NY lawmakers warned on corruption commission files

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Members of New York's Legislature have been asked by a federal prosecutor to preserve any material relating to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's defunct anti-corruption commission.

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In an email obtained by The Associated Press, members of both the Senate and Assembly were asked Tuesday not to destroy any records and documents — including memo's, correspondence, emails and text messages — related to the disbanded Moreland Commission.

Cuomo disbanded the commission in late March after the Legislature passed new laws to toughen bribery prosecutions and establish a new campaign finance policing office.

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, the federal prosecutor in Manhattan, acquired the commission's documents after it disbanded.

The email sent to members of the Senate by Senate Secretary Francis Patience tells them failure to comply may result in court-ordered sanctions.

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