Paterson: Commissioners Were ‘Brazen’ to Defy Order to Resign

ALBANY—David Paterson said that he would push ahead with plans to create a new government ethics commission, which he announced yesterday, even after the executive director of the Commission on Public Integrity, Herb Teitelbaum, heeded the governor’s call and resigned. (The other commissioners have not.)
Paterson, speaking to reporters after a ceremony commemorating police officers who died in the line of duty, said he will re-make the commission in a way that gives it more independence from the executive branch.
Of the new commission, Paterson said he “was willing to set it up, and probably moved that date up because of the fact that the commissioners [didn’t] resign.

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