BhararakyU.S. Attorney Preet Bharara in a statement on Monday said there was “insufficient evidence” to show a crime had been committed when it came to interference and the early closure of the Moreland Commission by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his administration.

“After a thorough investigation of interference with the operation of the Moreland Commission and its premature closing, this Office has concluded that, absent any additional proof that may develop, there is insufficient evidence to prove a federal crime,” Bharara said in a statement.

“We continue to have active investigations related to substantive inquiries that were being conducted by the Moreland Commission at the time of its closure.”

The move is a significant development for Cuomo, who had faced repeated questions since 2014 over the decision to close the anti-corruption panel following an agreement on ethics and campaign-finance reform measures in the state budget.

At the same, allegations arose while the commission was conducting its investigation that Cuomo’s office had sought to direct or block subpoenas by the panel, which had received the power of deputy attorney general by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

Last year, Bharara’s office prosecuted and won the convictions of the top legislative leaders in the Senate and Assembly, Republican Dean Skelos and Democrat Sheldon Silver. The arrest of Silver, the longtime Assembly speaker, was made a day after Cuomo delivered his State of the State address and budget address.

Now Cuomo being cleared in this case comes two days before he delivers his 2016 address, when he is expected to lay out a package of ethics and anti-corruption legislation.

Bharara’s office is reportedly investigating other aspects of state government unrelated to the commission’s closure or the Cuomo administration’s involvement, including the economic development program known as the “Buffalo Billion.”

Cuomo in recent weeks has insisted the commission was always meant to provide a wedge that would force the Legislature to pass new anti-corruption measures.

“We were always confident there was no illegality here,” said Elkan Abramowitz, the outside counsel the administration had retained during the Moreland Commission inquiry, “and we appreciate the US Attorney clarifying this for the public record.”

Updated: Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, Cuomo’s 2014 general election opponent, in a statement seized on the “insufficient evidence” phrase used by Bharara.

“As I repeatedly called for last year, an independent prosecutor needs to be appointed to investigate whether state crimes were committed by the Governor and his administration,” Astorino said. “The likelihood that state laws were broken was always the greater possibility. I call on Mr. Cuomo to appoint that prosecutor now.”