Director leaving high-profile NY ethics commission

Posted at: 05/02/2013 9:22 AM
By: Andrew Murphy

Ellen Biben
Ellen Biben
Photo: NYS Joint Commission on Public Ethics

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The executive director of New York's ethics commission says she's resigning, making her the second senior official to leave the high-profile panel in recent weeks.

Ellen Biben tells the Wall Street Journal she's leaving the Joint Commission on Public Ethics to pursue work in the private sector.

Biben worked as a prosecutor under Gov. Andrew Cuomo when he was the state's attorney general. Cuomo appointed her to lead the new ethics commission in February 2012.

Last week, commission chairwoman Janet DiFiore said she'd step down to seek re-election in November as Westchester County district attorney.

The ethics commission is preparing to review new financial disclosure forms from elected officials, and a report on its examination of allegations of sexual harassment by Assemblyman Vito Lopez is soon to be released.

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