Even with its former leader facing corruption charges, the state Assembly won’t disclose how its members are spending tens of millions of taxpayer dollars, a government watchdog charged on Friday.

“The Legislature should be forthcoming with timely details of how it spends roughly $200 million in taxpayer money,” said Tim Hoefer, director of the Empire Center for Public Policy.

The watchdog group publishes SeeThroughNY, a database of spending by municipalities and state government, including salaries and pensions.

Hoefer complained that the Assembly has not posted spending reports on its Web site since March 31, 2014, and said the Assembly has rebuffed repeated requests for the information.

Before it disbanded last year, Gov. Cuomo’s Moreland Commission panel investigated the high-traveling and per diem expenses of a dozen legislators, including that of now-Speaker Carl Heastie.

Heastie maintains his spending was legal. His office said the spending data would be posted “soon.”

© 2015 New York Post

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