A freshman state lawmaker says there is growing support for a bill that would strip the pension benefits from any elected official in New York, or state employee, who is convicted of a felony that’s a violation of their public duties. The bill is sponsored in the Assembly by White Plains Democrat David Buchwald.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is replacing the chairwoman of the state ethics board he created more than a year ago with a lawyer who once represented Wall Street swindler Bernard Madoff.
Cuomo says lawyer Daniel Horwitz, a former assistant district attorney in Manhattan, will take over from Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore as head of the Joint Commission on Public Ethics.
Cuomo says DiFiore is being replaced because she's running for re-election as Westchester's top prosecutor.