Good-government Groups on Special Ethics Session: If Not Now, When?

Matthew Hamilton reports in the Times Union  “good-government groups called — yet again — on Wednesday for lawmakers to return to Albany to address ethics before January.

“If not now, then when?” Citizens Union Director Dick Dadey said by phone, citing the trials, the recent release Joint Commission on Public Ethics review report and a new study that shows New York scores a D-minus on the public integrity scale. “The governor and the Legislature have made improvements. But we haven’t solved the problem.”

…….Well, the usual advocates wrote in a letter to Cuomo and the legislative leaders Wednesday that there’s plenty to do, including closing the LLC loophole; changing JCOPE”s structure, scope and voting procedures; further strengthening financial disclosure requirements for lawmakers; and streamlining and standardizing disclosure of lobbying activity.”

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