Republican candidate for governor Rob Astorino on Wednesday in an online video expressed frustration that state’s media, whistleblowers and other oversight entities haven’t taken Gov. Andrew Cuomo to task on appointing a special prosecutor in the Moreland Commission controversy.

“Public ethics have fallen so far in New York because crooked public officials can get away with just about anything — and they know it,” Astorino said in the video. “Their allies in the legislature look the other way or outright cover for them. And, let’s face it: much of the press corps has become numb to corruption or to browbeating from the governor’s office.”

Astorino has made repeated calls for Cuomo to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate whether any state laws may have been broken when the governor’s office interfered in the Moreland Commission’s issuing of subpoenas.

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara’s office is investigating Cuomo’s office meddling in the commission’s work, and has raised the possibility that coordinated statements from the second floor released by commission members could constitute as tampering and obstruction.

“The Attorney General can’t investigate. He was involved in Moreland. District attorneys can’t investigate; they were involved in Moreland, too. Only a special state prosecutor can objectively determine if and what state laws were broken,” Astorino said. “Without a special prosecutor we are accepting the fact that the Governor of New York is above the law.”

Astorino says the press has “scoffed” at the notion of a special prosecutor, which he says just lets the status quo continue.

“So you know what we do? We do nothing. We stay chest-deep in this swamp of corruption called New York, and we complain about it to our neighbors,” he said.

The video comes after a Marist College poll found Cuomo’s approval rating slide five percentage points in the immediate aftermath of a New York Times story detailing the governor’s influence on the anti-corruption panel.

Nevertheless, Astorino is still struggling with name identification and trails Cuomo by 31 percentage points.

Where are the Heroes? from Rob Astorino on Vimeo.