NY commission seeks lawmaker clients

Posted at: 09/06/2013 12:08 PM
Updated at: 09/06/2013 5:33 PM
By: AP

The New York State Capitol in Albany.
The New York State Capitol in Albany.
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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York's corruption-fighting commission is asking all state lawmakers to reveal their private law firm clients for the first time.

In a letter obtained by The Associated Press, the Commission to Investigate Public Corruption is asking for client lists and details of how lawmakers earn their private-sector salaries as lawyers and consultants or in other roles.

The Legislature has long fought efforts from ethics groups seeking the release of names of lawmakers' law firm clients.

Senate Republican leader Dean Skelos makes as much as $250,000 a year in a law firm and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver makes up to $450,000 in another. Both haven't identified their clients.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo created the commission under the powerful Moreland Act in July following federal corruption cases.

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