Considering the various scandals that have engulfed the Senate in recent years, from over pay-to-play schemes to embezzlement, restoring the body’s credibility may rank just after the budget in importance. Last year, then-senator Eric Schneiderman wrote and sponsored sweeping ethics reform, only to have Paterson veto what he saw as an anemic bill. 53 of 62 incoming members have signed a reform pledge authored by former mayor Ed Koch, whose provisions include creating an independent commission to oversee redistricting and requiring more thorough financial disclosures. Whether the pledge becomes law should become more apparent soon, as talks have already begun for this year’s attempt.
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