NYS Ethics Commission Head Resigns

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

The executive director of the state ethics commission has resigned, several days after the state inspector general charged him with violating the law during the commission's investigation of the Troopergate scandal. Karen DeWitt has more from Albany.

REPORTER: Governor Paterson had asked all of the public integrity commission members to resign after the inspector general's report said the executive director Herb Teitelbaum routinely passed confidential information to an aide of former governor Elliot Spitzer.

Teitelbaum and the other commissioners at first refused to leave, but on Monday Teitelbaum finally quit -- though he says he unequivocally denies the allegations and called the inspector general's report a witch hunt.

Meanwhile, Governor Paterson, who also could not get legislative leaders and other statewide elected officials to convince their commission appointees to resign, says he now wants to abolish the ethics panel altogether, and create a new commission. In Albany, I'm Karen DeWitt.


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