Bumpy Path for Ethics Reform in Albany
Thursday, May 02, 2013
A former prosecutor in then Attorney General Andrew Cuomo's office is resigning her post as executive director of the state’s Joint Committee on Public Ethics. Ellen Biben has led the ethics panel since its launch in February of last year, and is the second member to resign in recent weeks.
Jimmy Vielkind, a capitol reporter with The Times-Union, says this latest resignation will put a spotlight back on JCOPE.
"Among the political chatting class here at the capitol, it's not regarded as a stellar success," he said. "And I think it will also put back into focus how many things — the last time lawmakers tried to address public corruption, again in 2011 — how things went wrong, how things went right and what lessons can be learned for this go around."
Listen to Host Amy Eddings' full interview with Jimmy Vielkind above.