From the NY Times:
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s office unveiled legislation to improve ethics enforcement on Tuesday, revealing details that raised questions about whether the reforms would be weaker than expected.
On Tuesday, several new wrinkles became apparent with the release of the legislation. The State Senate majority leader, Dean G. Skelos, a Long Island Republican, and the Assembly speaker, Sheldon Silver, a Manhattan Democrat, permanently enshrined their caucuses’ powers over ethics enforcement, even if their legislative majorities are ousted.
Commissioners appointed to a 14-member ethics oversight board proposed in the legislation could vote 12 to 2 in favor of an investigation of the executive branch and still lose. An 11-to-3 vote in favor of an investigation of a legislator could also fail.