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City Bar, Common Cause Call for Review of JCOPE

New York Law Journal, January 20, 2015

City Bar, Common Cause Call for Review of JCOPE

The New York City Bar Association and Common Cause New York are renewing their call to the governor and the Legislature for creation of a commission to review the effectiveness of the state’s Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE). Under the legislation forming JCOPE in 2011, a commission was to have been created by June 1, 2014, to report to the governor and Legislature by March 1, 2015, on the effectiveness and performance of the ethics-in-government regulator. A review commission has yet to be formed. In a joint letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the leaders of the Legislature, Common Cause Executive Director Susan Lerner and Benton Campbell, representing the city bar, said it is in the interests of government integrity and to avoid “vulnerability to litigation” that the law be followed and a review commission appointed.

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