ALBANY, NY (NEWS10) – The chairman of JCOPE, the Joint Commission on Public Ethics, charged with overseeing government ethics in New York, released a statement regarding information that was reportedly leaked to the media. President José L. Nieves said that “these specific leaks are nothing more than a coordinated attempt to undermine and discredit the Commission and its staff.”
According to the statement, someone associated with JCOPE released unauthorized information related to former Governor Andrew Cuomo to the media. Nieves said this painted Commission staff in a negative light.
“JCOPE staff are professional, experienced and hardworking public servants committed to enforcing the ethics and lobbying laws of the state. Any suggestion or insinuation to the contrary is nothing more than an unfounded and inaccurate political attack on the JCOPE, ”Nieves said.
“Equally false and completely unfounded is any accusation that the activities of the Attorney General in connection with or communications with the JCOPE are politically motivated. The Commissioners and JCOPE staff will continue to work with the Attorney General in a cooperative and constructive manner, ”Nieves said.
Nieves said that any leaked confidential information is degrading to JCOPE and that the information does not reflect the Commission’s position.
In November, JCOPE voted to terminate Cuomo’s $ 5.1 million book contract. In December, the Commission passed a resolution ordering Cuomo to return that money.
You can read their full statement below: