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NY ethics board talks conflicts in secret session

Posted at: 01/29/2013 2:32 PM
Updated at: 01/29/2013 2:34 PM
By: AP

 

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York's ethics board accidentally transmitted a snippet of one of its frequent closed-door sessions and revealed a discussion of whether to recuse themselves from cases in which they are close to the subjects.         

The leader of the executive session of the Joint Commission on Public Ethics said it was up to Commissioner Ellen Yaroshefsky whether to remove herself from an unspecified case apparently connected to a top aide of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. Silver appointed Yaroshefsky to JCOPE.           

Yaroshefsky described Silver's aide as someone of "high ethical standards" and said she wouldn't recuse herself from the case.           

An unidentified commissioner then said she should not have offered her opinion.          

Another commissioner said "the less said the better."           

There was no immediate comment from JCOPE spokesman John Milgrim.

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