Gov. Kathy Hochul is being pressured by lawmakers and watchdog groups to fill at least two immediate vacancies on the state’s ethics board, as it considers whether to go forward with a probe of ex-Gov. Andrew Cuomo — and possibly revoking approval for his $5.1 million book deal.
The Joint Commission on Public Ethics is slated to meet on Tuesday, Sept. 14, but two Cuomo appointees resigned last month along with the disgraced ex-governor — former chair Camille Varlack and Commissioner Daniel Horwitz — and one more gubernatorial rep, Commissioner James Dering, is slated to depart in October.
That means Hochul — who has pledged ethics and
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