New York Ethics Overhaul

According to the Times, Gov. Paterson will propose changes to the way New York’s ethics and campaign finance rules are enforced.

Mr. Paterson’s proposal includes some changes long sought by government watchdog groups and, if adopted, would be the second major overhaul of state ethics enforcement in less than three years. But it is likely to be fiercely resisted by lawmakers, who under current rules are largely responsible for policing themselves.

At the heart of the plan are changes that would transform the ethics commission from a body dominated by appointees of the governor — he names 7 of its 13 members — to one that would in theory be less beholden to any one elected official.

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