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Former JCOPE Chair Janet DiFiore (right), along with former executive director Ellen Biben (left) at a JCOPE meeting. Both have resigned from the panel. Photo: Karen DeWitt
Former JCOPE Chair Janet DiFiore (right), along with former executive director Ellen Biben (left) at a JCOPE meeting. Both have resigned from the panel. Photo: Karen DeWitt

Appointees resign amidst lack of faith in ethics panel

The state ethics commission met Tuesday, and spent most of its time in a private session, as a key appointee of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver resigned from the board.  Go to full article

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
JCOPE Chair and Westchester County district attorney Janet DiFiore (right), along with executive director Ellen Biben (left) at Monday's JCOPE meeting. Photo: Karen DeWitt
JCOPE Chair and Westchester County district attorney Janet DiFiore (right), along with executive director Ellen Biben (left) at Monday's JCOPE meeting. Photo: Karen DeWitt

Ethics panel launches probe

The inquiry into Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's secret settlement to pay off victims of a fellow Assemblyman's sexual harassment deepened Monday. A unanimous state ethics board vote appears to have launched a full investigation into the scandal.

The vote followed an acrimonious meeting. Commissioners appointed by Silver demanded a public discussion of the deliberations, and called Governor Cuomo's threats to open an investigation "coercive".  Go to full article
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

Sexual harrassment scandal persists in Albany

The state's Joint Commission on Public Ethics is scheduled to meet Monday amid a growing legislative sexual harassment scandal. The commission isn't issuing an agenda and won't confirm the scandal has been or will be discussed in the board's closed-door sessions.

The Joint Commission on Public Ethics, or JCOPE, met privately last week to consider its role in a sexual harassment scandal involving Brooklyn Assemblyman Vito Lopez.

The New York Times reported on a leak from JCOPE that the ethics commission had voted not to probe the secret settlement authorized by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. But good government groups protested.  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

New York State ethics panel calls for special meeting

The state's ethics board has called a special meeting immediately after Labor Day. The news comes after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and others have called for an investigation of a sexual harassment scandal in the State Assembly.  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
The latest Albany scandals involve NYS Assemblyman Vito Lopez (left) and NYS Senator Shirley Huntley, both Democrats.
The latest Albany scandals involve NYS Assemblyman Vito Lopez (left) and NYS Senator Shirley Huntley, both Democrats.

Scandals Continue to Roil NY State Legislature

The final days of August are normally a slow time in state government, but twin scandals in the legislature are rocking New York's political class. Governor Andrew Cuomo is now calling for an independent investigation by the state's ethics board, and one of the legislators named in the scandals, Assemblyman Vito Lopez, has decided not to seek reelection as Brooklyn Democratic Party leader.  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

Past donors to pro-Cuomo lobbying group won't be disclosed under new rules

A state ethics board has ruled that lobby groups, including one closely allied with Governor Cuomo, will not have to retroactively disclose their donors. The proposed new regulations will require that in the future, contributions of over $5000 for the Committee to Save New York and other groups will have to be made public.  Go to full article

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