Gov. Andrew Cuomo defended the anti-corruption panel he formed in 2013 and shuttered less than a year later as having “done its job” — which is to say, push the Legislature into approving new ethics and campaign finance legislation

“The Moreland Commission did do its job,” he said. “The Moreland Commission was to spur the Legislature to pass ethics laws. The ethics laws the Legislature passed are the strongest in the history of the state of New York.”

Cuomo added: “The Moreland Commission was not an investigative, prosecutorial commission.”

Cuomo formed the commission in July 2013 after state lawmakers refused to take up any ethics legislation following the arrest of now-former Sen. Malcolm Smith, who would be later found guilty of attempting to bribe his way onto the New York City mayoral ballot.

The commission itself included district attorneys and legal experts who were deputized by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman with the intent of giving them the authority to issue subpoenas aimed at the Legislature.

The press release from Cuomo’s office announcing the formation of the Moreland Commission To Investigate Public Corruption used the word “investigation” 10 times and “investigate” 16 times.

Cuomo shuttered the commission in March 2014 after an agreement was reached in the state budget that included ethics measures.

Those measures included the creation of an independent enforcement counsel at the state Board of Elections as well as new anti-bribery statutes.

The commission itself was dogged by reports that the governor’s office was tightly overseeing its activities. U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara’s office took control of the records generated by the commission soon after it disbanded and was reportedly reviewing the governor’s involvement.