In a public radio interview that will air in full this weekend, one of the three Moreland Commission co-chairs, Onondaga County DA William Fitzpatrick, says the anti-corruption commission has uncovered criminal activity during its investigation of New York’s Byzantine campaign finance system and will be referring its findings for prosecution.

“We have subpoena power and law enforcement power,” Fitzpatrick told Grant Reeher, host of WRVO’s Campbell Conversations. “If we discover criminality – and I can tell you without being tantalizing, I can tell you that we have – we will refer that to the appropriate prosecutorial agency.”

Fitzpatrick did not elaborate, so we’ll have to wait until Reeher’s interview airs in full Sunday night at 6 p.m. on WRVO.

But that small tidbit is probably more than enough to get the rumor mill churning in Albany (not to mention San Juan, Puerto Rico), and also perhaps put some legislators and campaign contributors on edge.

The Moreland Commission is scheduled to make its preliminary report next month, and its final report is to be filed in January 2015.

That means absent some sort of deal between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders – as has been speculated, but also shot down by Senate Republicans – on an ethics package that enables the governor to shut down the commission, it will be continuing its work through the 2014 legislative session and campaign season, which could very well put a damper on things down at the Capitol in terms of progress on anything other than the budget.

Fitzpatrick also told Reeher that next year will be difficult for New Yorkers as the commission uncovers additional wrongdoing. (This is paraphrased and not a direct quote). Though there has been a lot of reporting about the commission’s lack of indendence from Cuomo, it recently started to flex its muscles, sending out subpoenas that were initially held back.

It appears most of the political committees that received the subpoenas plan to comply, with the exception of the Senate Republicans, who moved to quash the one sent to their housekeeping account.

The Buffalo News’ Tom Precious reported that Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos had a rare face-to-face meeting this week, which could be a sign that the two sides are trying to work out some sort of truce that they will eventually extend to Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and IDC Leader Jeff Klein.