In Albany, Still No Ethics Reform

The New York state Legislature is scheduled to end the year without taking up a long-awaited ethics reform bill. A good government advocate calls that a colossal failure.

Lawmakers met for four weeks, often with little to do, as leaders sought a deficit reduction deal. But they didn't take up the ethics measure. Just three blocks away was a reminder of the need for them to address ethics: the corruption trial of former Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno.

A good government group says the failure to reform ethics is fueling the public's cynicism about Albany.

Governor Paterson didn't put the ethics reform bill on the agenda for the Senate to take up in the extraordinary session he called. But the Senate could have convened a regular session to take up the bill.