The Commission on Ethics and Lobbying in Government replaced the Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) on July 8, 2022. The ethics commission will consist of 11 members who are nominated by NYS elected officials as follows: the Governor (3); Senate President/Majority Leader (2); Senate Minority Leader (1); Assembly Speaker (2); Assembly Minority Leader (1); the Comptroller (1); and the Attorney General (1).
See below for the press releases from each of the elected officials who have submitted their nominees to the Independent Review Committee for Nominations to the Commission on Ethics and Lobbying in Government (IRC). The IRC, which is comprised of the Deans of New York’s 15 accredited law schools, will vet the nominees to determine if they should be confirmed for appointment to the ethics commission.
Here is the list of the nominees as of 7/25/22 (links for public comment are included):
- Michael A. Cardozo and Frederick A. Davie (announced 7/7) – nominated by the Governor – public comment
- Seymour W. James Jr., Esq. and Claudia L. Edwards, Ph.D. (announced 7/21) – nominated by the Senate Majority Leader – public comment
- Gary Lavine (announced 7/12) – nominated by the Senate Minority Leader – public comment
- Robert E. Torres and Leonard B. Austin (announced 7/14) – nominated by the Assembly Speaker – public comment link not yet provided
- Edward D. Carni (announced 7/8) – nominated by the Assembly Minority Leader – public comment
- Nancy G. Groenwegen (announced 7/13) – nominated by the Comptroller – public comment
- Emily Jane Goodman (announced 7/25) – nominated by the Attorney General – public comment
Currently, the Governor needs to submit 1 additional nominee to the ethics commission.
If the public wishes to communicate with the IRC directly, they can reach them at firstname.lastname@example.org.