NY state budget deal won’t include ethics reform

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – New York lawmakers say they won’t include ethics reform in negotiations over the state budget.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo included some anti-corruption measures in his $145 billion budget proposal, but Speaker Carl Heastie and Senate Leader John Flanagan say Wednesday those ideas won’t be a part of the budget expected to be approved by April 1.

Nonetheless, Heastie insisted that lawmakers take the issue serious and that there will be time to consider proposals after the budget passes.

Cuomo has proposed tightening campaign finance rules on limited liability companies and restricting how much money lawmakers can make from side jobs.

Since 2000 more than 30 lawmakers have left office following criminal or ethical allegations. Last year Heastie and Flanagan’s predecessors were both convicted of federal corruption charges.

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