Michael Blake’s apparent fraud is new test for New York’s ethics watchdogs


by New York Post

New York Post— It looks like Crain’s New York might’ve just caught Assemblyman Michael Blake robbing the taxpayers. Now let’s see what the state’s various ethics watchdogs (watch-Chihuahuas?) do about it. State legislators are entitled to per-diem payments to cover expenses in Albany, as well as travel reimbursements. But — spoiler alert! — they can only collect for

New York Post—New York’s ethics watchdog proves itself a joke, yet again. After a two-year battle, the state Joint Commission on Public Ethics has finally dropped its obscene bid to hit Kat Sullivan, a child-victims-abuse advocate, with huge fines. JCOPE long insisted that Sullivan had violated lobbying laws as she pushed for the passage of the Child Victims Act: Since she’d spent more than $5,000 on the

New York Post—New York’s pathetic excuses for ethics cops. It doesn’t get much richer than this: The state Inspector General spent nine months “investigating” leaks out of the Joint Commission on Public Ethics — without ever even interviewing Gov. Andrew Cuomo or Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, at least one of whom plainly received the illicit inside info. We say “plainly” because the gov called

New York Post—Another insider fix from New York’s pathetic ethics cops. If it’s not a coverup, it’s the next best thing: The state Inspector General’s Office just proved that it can’t investigate Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The office’s probe was “unable to substantiate” the allegation that someone at the Joint Commission on Public Ethics leaked nonpublic info to the gov. Yet, as The Post’s Bernadette Hogan and