PLAINVIEW - State lawmakers have reached a tentative deal that would toughen New York's ethics laws. Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) and legislative leaders are hoping the bill, which would create an independent panel that would monitor the governor, the Legislature and lobbyists who deal with lawmakers, will restore voter trust. Under another provision in the bill, legislators convicted of felonies could have their pensions revoked. That wouldn't affect anybody currently in office, only lawmakers elected after the law takes effect.