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In a letter to New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, the New York City Bar Association’s Committee on Government Ethics applauds his initiative to submit a comprehensive ethics and campaign financing legislative package as part of his Executive Budget (the “Proposal”), while requesting certain amendments and supplements to the Proposal within the 30 day amendment and supplementation period provided for in Article VII, section 3, of the Constitution.< Continue reading

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The New York City Bar Association presented testimony today before the New York Ethics Review Commission and offered a series of recommendations that could be taken immediately to strengthen the Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE).< Continue reading

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In the wake of the arrest of New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver on charges of bribery and corruption, and his subsequent resignation as Speaker, the calls for reforming state government are being heard from all quarters.< Continue reading

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In a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York State legislative leaders, the New York City Bar Association and Common Cause renewed their call for them to appoint a commission to review the work of JCOPE and the Legislative Ethics Commission, as required by Section 21 of Part A of Chapter 399 of the Laws of 2011.< Continue reading

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A joint report by the New York City Bar Association and Common Cause/New York (“Review Group”) finds that the Joint Commission on Public Ethics (“JCOPE”) thus far has fallen short in meeting its mission of acting vigorously to restore public confidence in government. While performing well in promulgating regulations and providing advice, JCOPE has not persuaded the public of its independence, has appeared reactive rather than proactive, and has not made sufficient use of its statutory authority, according to the report.< Continue reading

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