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The Moreland Commission on Public Integrity has announced it will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 24, in meeting room 6 of the Empire State Plaza in Albany. The commission was set to meet at a park in a suburb of Albany for its second public hearing. The area is not exactly centrally located — except for the fact that the Albany Times Union's headquarters is a few feet away along with a strip-mall haven called Wolf Road. P.F Chang's anyone? 

The change in location may have something to do with the group's last public meeting. Held at Pace University on Tuesday, Sept. 17, the meeting didn't go particularly well from a public relations standpoint. Members of the public were turned away from the room that only sat 50 people. Even those who say they signed up to testify online were asked to leave. You can see some of our readers' complaints here

Here is more info on the hearing for those who might want to testify: 

Tuesday’s hearing will focus on campaign finance, outside income of state elected officials and political party housekeeping accounts.

The speakers include:

Brian Paul, Research and Policy Manager, Common Cause New York
Bill Mahoney, Research Coordinator, New York Public Interest Research Group
Karen Scharff, Executive Director, and Jessica Wisneski, Legislative Campaigns Director, Citizen Action of New York
Dick Dadey, Executive Director and Rachael Fauss, Research and Policy Manager, Citizen Union
… Persons wishing to present relevant testimony to the Commission or attend the hearing must submit their request online no later than 12:00pm on Monday, September 23, 2013. Testimony must relate to campaign finance, outside income of state elected officials or political party housekeeping accounts.

The Commission will strive to schedule as many participants as possible, but the 9:00pm hearing conclusion may require that those wishing to provide oral testimony provide written testimony only. All written testimony that is submitted will be included in the record of the proceedings.

Those choosing to provide oral testimony must:

Limit their oral testimony to three minutes.
Only testify on the topics related to campaign finance, outside income of state elected officials or political party housekeeping accounts.
Submit their written testimony related to the aforementioned topics to the Commission via its website no later than noon on Monday, September 23, 2013.
Signing up to testify will mean that speakers will comply with the three minute limitation, the subject matter scope and the submission deadline. Please note that the Commission may request that you speak at an approximate time or with an issue oriented panel.
Submission and registration is a two-step process. First, fully complete the online application and then submit a copy of prepared testimony the Moreland Commission at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by noon on Monday September 23, 2013.