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August 10, 2013

Ethics board seems averse to sunlight, transparency


When its lobbying-disclosure rules went into effect in July 2012, JCOPE conveniently delayed their implementation until just after a massive lobbying campaign by the pro-Cuomo Committee to Save New York ended, allowing the group to hide the names of its 74 donors, who spent $17.5 million. And in April, JCOPE ruled that Cuomo’s girlfriend, TV star Sandra Lee, can enjoy the benefits of being New York’s first lady, such as the use of state aircraft and police protection, without having to disclose the financial data that would be required if she were Cuomo’s wife.

JCOPE has some work to do to restore its credibility. Shining some more light on influence-peddling in Albany would be a good start.

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