The Moreland Commission to Investigate Public Corruption suffered from “personality problems” among its members with some being unaccustomed to and uncomfortable issuing subpoenas, Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney said in an interview.

“Generally speaking, I don’t feel like we have an accurate representation what happened inside Moreland yet,” she said. “With patience, I think people are going to see more of the story. Whether there were problems, I would put them in the category of personality problems. I think there were people who had a difficult time getting along and some of that has spilled out.”

Mahoney, a prominent Republican backer of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and a member of the short-lived anti-corruption panel, stressed the commission would ultimately be judged a success and, to her knowledge, wasn’t directed by the governor’s office.

The New York Times this week provided a detailed account of the commission being plagued by both infighting between its executive director and an attorney for the commission, as well as efforts from Cuomo’s office to direct or block subpoenas from the panel.

Mahoney insisted she never personally witnessed any interference from Cuomo’s office.

“I will tell you that no one ever in my presence ever said we can or can’t do anything,” she said. “I really do believe were an independent commission and ultimately the decisions were made by the three co-chairs and the commission members.”

Nevertheless, Mahoney reiterated that a commission appointed by the governor and state attorney general could not have credibly investigated them.

“I don’t think the general public would ever buy the results of an investigation like that,” she said.

Mahoney said some commission members weren’t used to issuing subpoenas, and severity of the act concerned them.

“There were such competing interests and the net was being cast so wide. In the world of district attorneys… things like subpoenas aren’t that scary,” she said. “That’s the world they live in. For people outside that world, there was an effort to say, ‘Well recognize the effect that has on a private individual.'”

Members of the commission came to it with the best of intentions, Mahoney said, even if it was a difficult job.

“I really think people wanted the opportunity to clean up Albany,” she said. “I think everyone’s intentions were good.”