New York urged to end non-working law firm roles for politicians
Following controversy over the relationships between legislators who have earnt millions from law firms without clocking up hours for clients, the state is being asked 'to close the no-show job loophole'.
Commenting on recent cases involving Dean Skelos, New York Senate majority leader, and Sheldon Silver, former speaker of the New York State Assembly, campaigning group Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York has described what it calls 'perhaps the greatest corruption of all: that a no-show law firm job is perfectly legal'.
Not working for us
Describing New York state as the 'lawsuit capital of the world', Thomas B Stebbins, executive director of the group, says: 'If we New Yorkers are truly serious about enacting ethics reform, we need to close the no-show job loophole. Even if these legislators are not showing up, they are working for somebody, and it is not us.'
Mr Silver has been arrested on various charges including corruption. He has vowed to clear his name. A federal inquiry has focused on his relationship with two New York law firm which paid him substantial sums over several years. Mr Skelos was charged with extortion, conspiracy to defraud and soliciting bribes last month. Sources: New York Times and Observer