Saturday, June 18, 2011

Ethics bill not all it's cracked up to be?

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.


Con Gary HAckerman said...

For me, ethics is a crack up! If ya don't like it...up your crack!

Gary the Agnostic said...

Does anyone in either party really care about this? Most of the impetus for reform seems to come from outside of the legislature, rather than inside.

Anonymous said...

Basically this was little more than a repeal of the reforms forced in by Spritzer. How can they keep a straight face here--all of them, including Cuomo?

Anonymous said...

Forget about an ethics bill to clean out the crap that goes on in the state capitol.

Give all those Albany pols a good enema once a week.

They'll be too weak to be good crooks.

You go first Guv....bend over please!