cuomoboltonFrom the Morning Memo:

A shell-shocked Legislature whose top leadership this time a year ago has been virtually wiped out by corruption convictions should pass new measures designed to police itself, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday in Syracuse.

Cuomo’s prescription for reform: Expanding the state’s Freedom of Information Law to include the Legislature and end the practice of single donors giving unlimited political contributions through a web of limited liability companies.

Cuomo’s campaign coffers has benefitted from the “LLC loophole” while his own track record on transparency has been criticized by good-government groups.

Cuomo on Saturday vetoed measures designed to speed up the appeals process in FOIL cases; he later approved an executive order designed to broadly enact the bill’s main goals.

“I want the Legislature to understand that we’re serious about reform,” Cuomo said. “Legislators voted for reforms to the Freedom of Information law. You know what they left out? That the Freedom of Information Law should cover the Legislature. The Legislature exempts themselves from the Freedom of Information law. That’s the number one reform that needs to be made to the Freedom of Information Law.”

Whether Cuomo can achieve these changes remains to be seen. The governor earlier in the year called on lawmakers to expand FOIL after he was criticized over his administration’s policy of storing emails in a cloud-based system, but the proposal went nowhere.

After the convictions of former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and ex-Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, state lawmakers appear unenthusiastic at the moment to take up new ethics measures.

“I don’t what other existing laws are going to change people’s attitude, but the convictions have certainly made people a little more careful about following those rules,” said Deputy Senate Majority Leader John DeFrancisco.

Cuomo has proposed ethics measures virtually every year since he has been in the governor’s office and has insisted the state has made gains on disclosure and corruption laws.

But Cuomo himself has come under scrutiny from U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, who has reviewed the decision to shutter the Moreland Commission to Investigate Public Corruption after a deal was reached on ethics legislation in the state budget.

Cuomo on Sunday said the Moreland Commission was “always a temporary process.”

“It was about changing the laws. It provided a lot of information about cases that actually have helped prosecutors and will continue to help prosecutors. I think it did its job which was to get legislative changes,” Cuomo said. “Which we did get.”

Bharara’s office has indicated the investigation into Silver began in June 2013, a month before the commission was formed by Cuomo.