Cuomo says he won’t tell public financing commission what to action to take

The commission determining the future of the state’s election and campaign finance laws will produce independent decisions, Gov. Andrew Cuomo told reporters in New York City on Tuesday.

“I’m not going to tell the commission what to do,” Cuomo said.

The commission, which held its first public hearing in Manhattan today, was created by lawmakers and Cuomo to develop the specifics of a system of publicly financed campaigns. Its report, due Dec. 1, has the force of law unless lawmakers return before the legislative session begins to change it.

The panel is composed of appointees of the governor and the legislative leaders.

But the commission, Cuomo acknowledged, also has a “broad mandate on electoral policies” as minor parties like the Conservative and Working Families parties fret the commission could alter fusion voting, the practice of candidates running on multiple ballot lines.

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