Government ethics reform for the 1990s: the collected by New York (State). Commission on Government Integrity, Bruce

By New York (State). Commission on Government Integrity, Bruce A. Green

Governor Mario Cuomo shaped the recent York kingdom fee on govt Integrity in 1987. performing less than a unprecedented mandate, the fee of 7 inner most electorate pursued a wide-ranging time table of topics from crusade financing and judicial choice to ethics education and whistleblowing defense. in lots of publicized hearings, it uncovered abuses and criminal loopholes within the method and documented the necessity for an incredible overhaul of country legislation, rules, and approaches.

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This investigation, which extended over a period of many months, ultimately resulted in hearings at which the Comptroller was subjected to vigorous questioning based on these documents. While this investigation was in progress, the Commission opened investigations examining the campaign finance practices of the Governor and Attorney General. These investigations did not uncover any documents of the kind produced in the case of the Comptroller, but they did raise issues which the Commission felt should be explored with those officials at public hearings.

1 to investigate the campaign financing laws of New York State, the Commission devoted its greatest effort to this subject. We concluded early on that there was no more important area affecting confidence in government. After all, in a democracy, holding elective office is one of the highest forms of public service. We entrust to our officeholders not only the business of government but the ultimate protection of our liberty and the well-being of our citizenry. Impropriety in the way candidates campaign strikes at the heart of our democratic system.

On Gov't Integrity v. 2d 836 (1990), holding that the Fourth Amendment did not restrict the Commission's subpoenas duces tecum notwithstanding that the information which was sought might be probative of criminal wrongdoing. 19Another perspective was provided me by one prominent member of the New York State Legislature in the fall of 1989. He said in substance that some members of the Legislature were still angry over the controversies of 1987 and what they (Footnote continued on next page) Page 12 Having dealt, perhaps too much, with criticisms, fairness to the Commission requires me to note, happily, that a large number of its recommendations have been incorporated into the New York City Campaign Finance Law, as amended; the uniform guidelines issued by the New York City Procurement Policy Board; and, as already noted, the ethics laws passed by various municipalities in the State.

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