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GOP Leader: NY Lawmakers Failing to Deal with Corruption

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GOP Leader: NY Lawmakers Failing to Deal with Corruption  (Photo: CC-BY-SA-3.0/ Matt H. Wade at Wikipedia) 

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The Leader of the New York state Assembly's Republican minority says lawmakers are missing an opportunity to address the "cloud" of corruption that's hung over the state Capitol for years. 

GOP leader Brian Kolb said Tuesday that there's still time for lawmakers to take up comprehensive ethics reforms before they adjourn next week. But he says they're not optimistic they will.

The two men picked to lead the Assembly and Senate in January have been charged with corruption-related crimes and are just the latest of several lawmakers to face ethics questions in recent years.

Kolb supports term limits on leadership positions to reduce corruption, but that idea isn't supported by Assembly Democrats. Other ideas that haven't gotten a vote include restrictions on lawmaker's outside income and tighter campaign finance rules.