Republican candidate for governor Rob Astorino and Democratic hopeful Zephyr Teachout in a joint news conference on Tuesday knocked Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s record on ethics and his decision to shutdown the Moreland Commission investigating the Legislature.

The unusual joining of forces for Astorino and Teachout at the Tweed Courthouse in New York City comes as both candidates struggle to raise their name recognition with voters as polls show they continue to be largely unknown.

Both Teachout and Astorino called on Cuomo to stop airing television ads touting the state’s business climate, which is being paid for by the Empire State Development Corp.

And they criticized Cuomo’s closure of the Moreland Commission on Public Corruption, a panel he set up and then disbanded in April after state lawmakers agreed to an ethics package in the state budget.

“New York taxpayers are getting hammered by Albany’s corruption tax, which rears its head in every nook of state government,” Astorino said. “Some of this corruption results in perp walks and some, like Mr. Cuomo’s siphoning $37.5 million in Hurricane Sandy dollars from storm victims, shamelessly occurs right out in the open. This is a state in desperate need of ethics reform, and I proudly stand with Professor Teachout to address the issue and speak about needed reforms.”

Teachout, a Fordham law professor, noted Cuomo started his 2010 campaign for governor at the Tweed Courthouse, promising to clean up Albany’s ethical morass. Despite efforts that have resulted in ethics laws passing in 2011 and this year, lawmakers continue to be indicted or forced from office over corruption convictions.

“Four years ago governor Cuomo stood on these steps and promised to clean up Albany. He promised campaign finance reform, redistricting reform and a new culture of transparency and accountability. I believed him. And so I voted for him. But governor andrew Cuomo broke the promises he made four years ago. The system is still corrupt. Governor Cuomo not only refuses to fix it, he is making it worse,” Teachout said.

The Moreland Commission has come under the scrutiny of the U.S. attorney’s office, which in April took possession of records generated by the panel. Cuomo’s office reportedly had a hand in directing subpoenas from the commission.