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Albany is getting a new ethics watchdog to replace JCOPE, but JJOKE is with us!

JCOPE's replacement suffers from the same basic flaw as its predecessor: the people its members are supposed to police — i.e., Hochul, lawmakers and their staffs — are the very ones who'll appoint them.
The highly ridiculed Joint Committee on Public Ethics is based on the Ethics Committee Reform Act, which the government signed this year. Will be dismantled on July 8th. Kathy Hotul. Kevin P. Cofflin / Governor's Office

New Yorkers can jointly bid a farewell that they don't like very much Increasingly public ethics committee. The state's ethical oversight body, which was deeply troubled by its relationship with the members who appointed members, held its final meeting on Tuesday. Good troublesome payment.

JCOPE's 11-year tenure is in combat, andtakes it seriously as a check for government ethical revocation(ridiculously called JJOKE). I couldn't. Former government. Andrew Cuomo and the legislative leader confirmed that by taking charge of the hack.

And surely, Kuomo is not JCOPE, but the anger from Justice Secretary Tish James, the ferocious legislator, and the general public (our).

This year, Governor Kathy Hochul and Congress have set up a new 11-member committee on government ethics and lobbying activities to replace JCOPE this month. Still, the new group suffers from the same basic flaws as its predecessor. The people whose members are supposed to serve as police, Hochul, lawmakers, and their staff, appoint them.

Yes, the 15 Law School Dean is responsible for screening candidates to ensure "undisputed honesty, honesty, and personality." The Nominating Committee can also reject candidates that it finds to be in short supply.

This is an improvement, but the governor and legislative leaders can choose a "guardian" to guard them. Commissioners so selected are constantly contaminated by the emergence of lack of independence.

New York has long been worth more than a laughingstock for its political leaders and their ethics. Alas, if the new watchdog suffers from the same built-in issues as the old watchdog, how can anyone expect the ethical standards to be even better?