Glitch or hit? NY ethics board "leak" questioned

Posted at: 02/11/2013 11:21 AM
Updated at: 02/11/2013 2:56 PM


ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York's Joint Commission on Public Ethics blames the recent embarrassing transmission of a closed session on a technical glitch.

But critics want an investigation based on the powerful board's own rules to determine if the leak, which could carry a misdemeanor charge, was an intentional political hit on the Assembly.
JCOPE spokesman John Milgrim says the five-minute transmission on Jan. 29 was from a technical error that has been fixed. He refuses to say if an investigation was made or if there was any indication the transmission was intentional. The transmission revealed a probe into the Assembly and identified a top aide.
Former JCOPE board member Ravi Batra says there needs to be an investigation into whether it was a political smear job.
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