Lopez Scandal Spurs Bill To Reform NY Ethics Watchdog

Law360, New York (October 4, 2012, 4:39 PM EDT) -- A New York lawmaker on Wednesday proposed legislation that would make sweeping changes to the state’s public ethics watchdog, which has drawn fire for its handling of a probe into the settlement of sexual harassment claims against Brooklyn Assemblyman Vito Lopez.

The new measure, sponsored by state Sen. Tony Avella, a Queens Democrat, would boost JCOPE's clout by doing away with the state's Legislative Ethics Commission, a legacy ethics group controlled by state lawmakers that is widely regarded as an ineffective cop on the beat....
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