Cuomo Talks Moreland Commission; Buffalo Billion

July 28, 2014 Updated Jul 28, 2014 at 6:25 PM EDT

By Rachel Elzufon
By Ed Reilly
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July 28, 2014 Updated Jul 28, 2014 at 6:25 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW) - Governor Andrew Cuomo came to the University at Buffalo to talk about jobs. However many of the questions focused on the Moreland Commission on Public Corruption.

Cuomo created the Moreland Commission in 2013, and dismantled ii just months later.

A report in the New York Times accused Cuomo of squashing investigations into groups with ties to his office.

However, while visiting UB, Cuomo defended his administration, insisting he did nothing wrong. Cuomo said he only offered advice, and that the Moreland Commission operated independently.

Cuomo added that the Moreland Commission was dismantled early on because it was never intended to be long term. He maintains that the main purpose of the commission was to push ethics reform through the State Legislature.

Cuomo also discussed the Buffalo Billion. He said that $80 million has already been spent in Western New York.

Governor Cuomo added that he Buffalo has seen a change in mindset since the announcement of the stream of funding coming to the region.