League of Women Voters applauds appointment

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The state League of Women Voters just issued a statement applauding the appointment of Inspector General Ellen Biben as executive director of the Joint Commission on Public Ethics.

“The League supported the establishment of JCOPE and its strong oversight role as a step toward restoring trust in state government.  We believe the appointment of Ms. Biben will contribute to that goal,” the group said in a statement.

Barbara Bartoletti, legislative director for the League, said the organization had not been aware of the appointment before reading it on news blogs this afternoon. It was first reported by the New York Times, which used anonymous sources.

The League is happy to see progress in staffing the commission so it can move forward with its work, Bartoletti said.

JCOPE hasn’t issued a release confirming the appointment. Janet DiFiore, chairwoman of the panel and Westchester County district attorney, could not immediately be reached for comment. Neither could a spokesman for Biben, a former assistant district attorney in New York City and was special deputy attorney general for public integrity for Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who was attorney general at the time.

 

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