State lawmakers reach deal on ethics reform

The highlight of the bill is a provision that public officials will lose their pensions if convicted of a crime related to their job.

The highlight of the bill is a provision that public officials will lose their pensions if convicted of a crime related to their job. (6/17/16)

ALBANY - State lawmakers have reached an agreement on ethics reform.

The highlight of the bill is a provision that public officials will lose their pensions if convicted of a crime related to their job.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Senate Independent Democratic Conference Leader Jeffrey Klein announced details of the 5 Point Ethics Reform Plan Friday evening.

The reform plan aims to toughen election, lobbying and ethics enforcement laws.

Political consultants will have to register with the state if they're providing services for sitting lawmakers.The plan will also tighten the rules on lobbyists when it comes to who is donating money and how much money is donated.

The plan follows this year's stunning political corruption convictions of both former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, of Rockville Centre, and former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

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