Paterson to push ethics reform in yearly speech

(AP) - Gov. David Paterson is trying to box theLegislature into reforming Albany's notorious ethical behavior.

Paterson is pushing for stricter enforcement of ethics rules andcurbing the influence of special interests on lawmakers, in part byrestricting large campaign contributions. The Democratic governor,low in the polls, plans to make the need for anti-corruptionstatutes a primary part of his State of the State speech Wednesday.

That's the opening act in this election-year legislative session.

The Senate's Democratic conference rejected an accusationTuesday by Paterson aides that the Legislature is seeking a"watered down" reform package. The aides say lawmakers would be"hypocrites" if they don't adopt real reforms.

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