The answer, according to a new slate of financial disclosure forms, is one.
The state Joint Commission on Public Ethics published the state Legislature’s latest disclosure filings Tuesday, revealing for the first time the amount of outside income lawmakers pulled in from their non-state jobs.
But the 2011 law that beefed up the forms also required legislators to disclose their client lists, which was of particular interest to the many lawmakers who moonlight as attorneys.
The new question on the form, however, only received a response from a single lawmaker: Assembly William Magnarelli, a Syracuse-area Democrat.
On his form, Magnarelli said he referred an estate that owns three senior living facilities to the law firm where he is a vice president — Scolaro, Shulman, Cohen, Fetter, & Burstein P.C. of Syracuse.
Why, might you ask, did only one legislator disclose any clients? The question on the form is quite narrow. Lawmakers only have to disclose clients they took on or referred after July 2012 — a full year after the new ethics law passed — and only if it resulted in at least $10,000 in business.
The clients also only had to be disclosed if the work had a tie to state business, such as a proposed bill in the Legislature or a contract with a state agency.
Magnarelli’s form, which lists the client in Addendum A, is below. The new question regarding clients is 8b.