New ethics reform agreement requires politicians convicted of corruption give up their pensions

ALBANY, NY (NEWS10) – A final hour agreement to curb corruption happened Friday night at the Capitol.

State leaders announced that an agreement was reached on ethics reform.

It would require that politicians convicted of corruption to give up their pensions.

It also curbs excessive financing of political campaigns by independent funding groups.

The measure grew from convicted, corrupt Assembly and State leaders sent to prison with large pensions, including Sheldon Silver and Dean Skelos. The measure still requires Senate and Assembly approval.

Friday marked the first “extra” day of the session as lawmakers worked well into the night and early morning. They were told to get a hotel for the night as well.

Several bills still remain but agreements have also been reached on funding for lead testing in schools, more funding for SUNY schools, and cleanup of bank-owned vacant properties.


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