Ethics Bill Wrangling Continues In Albany

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As Senate Democrats today came down hard on Republicans for not moving on an ethics package, Deputy Majority Leader Thomas Libous, R-Binghamton, said the measure was still very much alive, but remained in negotiations.

“I don’t think there’s any hold up on the Senate side,” Libous told reporters this afternoon. “I think there’s hold up on negotiating different points among the three parties. There’s issues involving who polices who, who gets appointments, that sort of thing, the same issues that have come up in the Capitol for the last 100 years.”

Legislators are debating how far the bill should go, particularly the disclosure of clients for both lawyers and businesses. Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, R-Nassau County, said last week he was concerned that a full disclosure bill would include clients with matrimonial cases.

Senate Democrats, meanwhile, have accused Republicans of going back on their pledge to introduce ethics legislation.

Democrats held a news conference introducing their own legislation, including non-partisan redistricting.

“This ethics package will go a long way in restoring the public’s faith in State government,” said Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins, D-Yonkers. “It calls for an independent redistricting commission, requires legislators to disclose their outside incomes and improves transparency in campaign financing, which are all significant reforms to the way we do business in Albany. We owe it to the public to pass this ethics package so that New Yorkers have a government that they are proud of.”

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  1. i totally agree with to restore trust in our legislators. would like you to speak at one our funtion need info to reach you. i will be at the black and puerto rican conference feb 18

  2. David Luchnick on

    It is funny how the Senate leader is hedging all of a sudden on this ethics bill, while the main opponent of it in the past, Shelly Silver, is in support of it. What do you have to hide Senator? The people of New York are fed up with the corruption in Albany and yet you fight this? Hmmmm, makes you wonder………..

  3. Memo to Ed Koch: Time to blast the Republicans, Ed. They’re the ones welshing on the deal. Didn’t all of them become “Heroes of Reform” last year? Didn’t that help them beat Dems like Johnson, Foley, Aubertine?

    I can’t stand Republicrats who take Democratic votes and deliver Republican policies.