ALBANY—His call to re-make the Public Integrity Commission was not heeded. Now, David Paterson is announcing that he is submitting legislation to create a new Government Ethics Commission with oversight of lobbying, campaign finance and other areas of government.
Paterson was snubbed openly by other elected officials and the gubernatorially appointed commissioners, who stood by their work. Paterson would face a long, rocky, legal road were he to try and forcibly remove them.
There are several unanswered questions: what will become of the old commission? What will become of the man Paterson just named to lead it, Michael Cherkasky? And what will be the composition of the new committee?
Here’s the statement from the governor’s office:
The Report of the Inspector General released last week indicates that there were serious leaks of confidential information from the Public Integrity Commission that the Commission tolerated by inaction.