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New York Senate Republicans Say They're in Ethics Talks

New York Senate Republicans Say They're in Ethics Talks
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Following allegations of corruption with Sheldon Silver, lawmakers aim for reforms.

New York's Senate Republicans say they're "actively engaged" in talks with Gov. Andrew Cuomo aimed at ethics reforms, calling for "full transparency" but without banning outside income.

   Majority Leader Dean Skelos says they're aiming at "a comprehensive package" of reforms to restore New Yorkers' trust in government.

   Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver made headlines and lost his leadership post last week after federal authorities charged him with taking nearly $4 million in kickbacks disguised as legal fees.

   Skelos says they should model best practices from other states. Spokesman Scott Reif says none bar outside income by lawmakers.

   New York's Senate Democrats proposed such a ban on Monday.

   The Senate's Independent Democratic Conference also supports that plan.

   Cuomo has proposed total disclosure of legislators' outside income and banning personal use of campaign funds.