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NY State ethics board under criticism for lack of transparency

The state's ethics board is coming under criticism as it launches an investigation that's believed to focus on a sexual harassment scandal in the Assembly. The secrecy rules governing the Joint Commission on Public Ethics are causing some unanticipated problems.  Go to full article

NY State ethics board tight-lipped on harrassment scandal

The state's ethics board held a closed door meeting Tuesday, and JCOPE is believed to be discussing whether to investigate Brooklyn Assemblyman Vito Lopez, and possibly Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, over a sexual harassment scandal.  Go to full article
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

Ethics questions mount; Silver "welcomes" probe

A rare apology from one of New York's most powerful Democratic leaders regarding a payout to alleged victims of sexual harassment is raising even more questions at the state Capitol. Meanwhile, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says he "welcomes" an impending ethics probe.  Go to full article

High profile corruption scandals dogging some NY lawmakers

A government reform group is calling on the state ethics commission to investigate after the New York State Assembly announced that one of its members has been disciplined for sexual harassment, and a Senator is facing charges of misappropriating campaign funds and member items.  Go to full article

Cuomo defends decision to keep lobbying group donor names secret

Governor Cuomo continues to defend a decision by a state ethics board to keep secret the names of donors to a lobbying group that is a key ally of the governor. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
Janet DiFiore faces ethics questions raised by political rival
Janet DiFiore faces ethics questions raised by political rival

Head of state ethics commission says she's done nothing wrong

The head of the state ethics commission, Janet DiFiore, says she has "done nothing wrong", after allegations she used her influence as Westchester County DA to obtain welfare benefits for her maid.

DiFiore spoke after a lengthy closed door session of the ethics commission. In Albany, Karen DeWitt has more.  Go to full article
JCOPE will need to be very deliberative and operate with as much a transparency as is allowed.

Questions already coming up about new state ethics commission

The state's new ethics commission, announced last week, is already provoking some questions. That's after it held its first meeting in private, without public notice. From Albany, Karen DeWitt has this report.  Go to full article
I expect a much more rigorous and robust enforcement of the state ethics laws.

Cuomo, leaders name new state ethics commission

Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders named 14 people to the newest version of the state ethics commission Monday. The new agency is charged with enforcing ethics in state government. It will oversee and investigate compliance by lawmakers. It will also monitor statewide elected officials as well as executive branch and legislative employees.

As Karen DeWitt reports, the Joint Commission on Public Ethics, or JCOPE, by law begins its work on Tuesday.  Go to full article

Essex County contract questions prompt "politics" charge

A special prosecutor is looking into whether Essex County's clerk and some of his employees showed favor when they awarded a contract for document scanning.

But discussion about the investigation during a board of supervisors meeting this week prompted complaints that the matter is being politicized in an attempt to hurt Clerk Joe Provoncha's re-election bid.

Chris Morris reports  Go to full article
It will be much easier to see the connections that exist, and...to connect the dots.

Changeover on ethics in Albany

New York State's Commission on Public Integrity is going out of business, at least until a new commission signed into law by Governor Cuomo earlier this month can get up and operating. Critics say the now-defunct ethics panel was flawed from its inception, but the commission defends its track record.  Go to full article

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