New York Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos today announced that he will require all Senators and Senate staff to participate in ethics training in conjunction with the Legislative Ethics Commission. The training will have to be completed by all Senators and Senate employees by April 1, 2011.
"I'm confident that we have built a top-notch team in the State Senate that will work directly with the members of this body to achieve great things for New York, including lower taxes and spending, and more good-paying private sector jobs,” Senator Skelos said. “But it's also essential that we give those who work in this institution the tools they need to serve the people of New York with honesty and integrity. Just as the Governor has done for Executive Chamber staff, I am pleased to announce that we will require mandatory ethics training for all State Senate employees.”
Lisa Reid, Executive Director/Counsel of the New York State Legislative Ethics Commission, said “I am pleased that the Legislative Ethics Commission will be providing training to the Senate on a formal basis.”
The training will ensure that all members and staff understand and follow procedures related to legislative ethics under the Public Officers Law. Senators and staff will be required to participate in this ethics training every two years.
A signed statement certifying participation of legislative ethics training must be submitted by each Senate employee by April 1, 2011.
Senator Skelos has already taken the initiative to provide new Republican members with ethics training as part of their new member orientation. This training will now be expanded to include every Senator and Senate employee.