Good Wednesday morning. Here’s a look at opinion content published today in The Journal News:
Ethics reform: Editorial
While we cheer Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s signature on the Public Integrity Reform Act of 2011, we acknowledge that the legislation will “will hardly inoculate the state from greedy officials bent on milking their positions for kickbacks.” We continue:
.. Sure, more could have been done with this ethics law upgrade. “It is a patchwork, a compromise,” Stephen Gillers, an ethics expert at New York University School, told the New York Law Journal, “There are gaps.” Bad actors will certainly seek ways to wriggle though the gaps and widen the loopholes.
But the Public Integrity Reform Act helps provide the regulations, and enforcement, to make the rules clear, and force those who stray to pay.
Smoking ban: Editorial
We welcome the smoking ban on Metropolitan Transportation Authority railway platforms in an editorial, cheering Cuomo for signing the moratorium into law on Monday.