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New York City Bar Association and Common Cause Renew Call for Appointment of Commission Required by Law to Review Work of JCOPE and Legislative Ethics Commission

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New York City Bar Association and Common Cause Renew Call for Appointment of Commission Required by Law to Review Work of JCOPE and Legislative Ethics Commission

New York, January 15, 2015 – 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.

Section 21 states, “No later than June 1, 2014, the governor and the legislative leaders shall jointly appoint a review commission to review and evaluate the activities and performance of the joint commission on public ethics and the legislative ethics commission in implementing the provisions of this act. On or before March 1, 2015, the review commission shall report to the governor and the legislature on its review and evaluation which report shall include any administrative and legislative recommendations on strengthening the administration and enforcement of the ethics law in New York state. The review commission shall be comprised of eight members and the governor and the legislative leaders shall jointly designate a chair from among the members.”

The City Bar previously wrote to the letter’s recipients on the matter in July 2014, but has not received a response as of this date.

“The fresh start of the new legislative session affords the ideal time to appoint the members of the Review Commission, and we urge that such action take place promptly,” states the recent letter, dated January 13, 2015, and sent to Governor Cuomo, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb and Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins.

The letter may be read here: http://bit.ly/1uanijv

The July 2014 letter, along with the groups’ “Hope for JCOPE” report, may be read here: http://bit.ly/14XY6qP

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