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Cuomo Signs new ethics law

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Governor Andrew Cuomo, before departing for a two-week vacation, signed several bills into law, including an ethics reform measure that creates a new ethical review commission to police lawmakers. In Albany, Karen DeWitt reports.

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Karen DeWitt
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The ethics measure will require greater financial disclosure from lawmakers about outside business interests, to flag any potential conflicts of interest. It will also set up a joint commission, with representatives from the legislative and executive branch, to probe accusations of corruption.

Lawmakers convicted of felonies would forfeit their pensions, under the new law, and lobbyists face greater scrutiny of their activities.

Cuomo also signed legislation to prohibit smoking on MTA train platforms, and to permit local governments to donate used computers for use by senior citizens and low income New Yorkers.

The governor plans to remain in the state during his week and a half long vacation, spending time on Long Island and in the North Country.

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