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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Unlike Assembly Dems, Senate GOP Refuses To Cave To Cuomo So Far

In case you missed it, Governor Cuomo and Assembly Speaker Heastie are pals on ethics reform - you can tell by the hug.

Senate Majoirty Leader Dean Skelos and the Senate GOP?

Not so much:

The framework agreement on ethics legislation should include more measures aimed at disclosure for the executive branch and Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office, Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos told reporters on Wednesday night.
“I was shocked to see a lot of reforms that apply to the executive branch were not part of that agreement,” Skelos told reporters outside of his office at the Capitol. “We feel very strongly that if you’re going to reform the legislative branch, there should be strong reforms for the executive branch.”
Skelos met privately for several hours with his GOP conference to discuss the state budget talks and the package of ethics measures that Cuomo and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie have agreed to include in the state budget.


Skelos said there should be more disclosure aimed at the governor’s office, including the reporting of travel expenses, disclosure of state contracts for vendors who have contributed campaign money and requiring domestic partners to disclose their finances.

The measures have all been introduced by Senate Republicans in recent weeks, including the bill that is seemingly aimed at Cuomo’s girlfriend, Food Network personality Sandra Lee.

Cuomo’s top legal counsel, Alphonso David, said that measure is not under negotiation.

Ethics reforms that apply to Cuomo?

That's like Moreland subpoenas to Cuomo's donors.

Both need to be "pulled back."

Silly people of New York: Ethics reform only applies to the legislature, not to the governor.

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