Department of Investigation rebuffs Council bill to protect private-sector whistleblowers

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Bill would require city to investigate claims of fraud at city contractors ⧸ Full Story

The Daily Q: How is ethics board exempt from open-government rules?

Yesterday, the Associated Press reported on a curious development at New York’s powerful new ethics board, the Joint Commission on Public Ethics. On Feb. 2, the board had announced the appointment of Ellen Biben, a former prosecutor and longtime aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, as its executive director. The hire was decided on in a… ⧸ Full Story

Housing official Wendell Walters pleads guilty in bribery scheme

Former city housing official pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy and bribery ⧸ Full Story

Parting words from the state ethics watchdog

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State ethics chief steps aside to make way for strengthened oversight commission ⧸ Full Story

A rise in ethics rules waivers: a sign the system is working?

The city's Conflicts of Interest Board has granted an increasing number of exemptions for city workers who seek to sidestep anti-corruption rules ⧸ Full Story