How many state lawmakers listed legal clients?


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.



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  1. I admiré the Writings of Staff Writer Jon Cambell ( particularly this almost investigated Story ) about what I call ” the way of the Gentlemen”! And, I must tell you the accuracy of this Story’s Findings or a similar FACT that last year I witnessed in The Town Hall Meeting at The Town of Orangetown! A Contract for $60,000 was ” approved unambiguously” to a Westchester Law Firm! And, during the Public Hearing Portion a Former Councilwoman accused the Town Board of some sort of a Golf Outing!

    Further, what I have been witnessing is that a ” few Foreigners” who came to The Town not only made in Town Board’s Major Committees; but as well made Supervisor with two additional votes mainly collecting leaves from Rockland County Gutters!

    Ihad never seen such ” grossly ethnic claiming individuals” making it over the Local Government in the US Jurisdiction where I also reside as American! These, individuals don’t associate themselves as I do as American! They were never seen in any TOWN HALL WORKSHOPS OR MEETINGS, but overnights they win The Election ! How did this happen!

    And, What I get is zippo no work at all! Why, THIS News Report explainsa lot!.. .

    Well done Politics on Hudson! Kelp up the Good Work. . .