Ex-N.Y. ethics board member strikes back

Sunday September 9, 2012

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- The maverick member of New York’s ethics board who quit in protest is lashing out against the board, Gov. An drew Cuomo and good-government groups.

Ravi Batra, a Brooklyn law yer, said Saturday the Joint Commission on Public Ethics, is fostering an ethics "farce" in Albany. He says the board is beholden to politicians be cause it is made up of good-government advocates and Cuomo’s former aides.

Batra quit Friday after calling for a federal investigation of what he called the board’s lack of independence from Cuomo and the elected officials who appoint board members.

Dick Dadey of the Citizens Union bristled at Batra’s criticism saying the good-government group is a nonpartisan watchdog. Dadey also says people who protest so much often need to be watched the most.


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