New York ethics reform may face veto

New York passed new ethics rules, but they may face a veto. has the story.

Soon after the reform bill was passed last Wednesday, Gov. David A. Paterson, who previously called for sweeping ethics reform in his State of the State address, issued a statement that said the reform package was not strong enough and did little to “address the underlying issues that have caused the people of New York to lose faith and trust in their government.”

The bill (S.6457/A.9544) passed 59-1 in the Senate and 139-2 in the Assembly. With such large margins of victory in both chambers, the Legislature could be expected to override a veto by the governor. But that might not be the case.

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