After three and half years of watchdogging Albany a target-rich environment if there ever was one the Joint Commission on Public Ethics has failed to sniff out even a single instance of wrongdoing by an elected official.<strong>NIKE AIR YEEZY 2 Albany no-can-do watchdog</strong>
Now, more of a joke than ever, JCOPE is bickering over hiring practices and job titles.
The public crackup began when departing executive director Letizia Tagliafierro made two hires without consulting the board drawing a rebuke from four of 14 commissioners in a letter to the Albany Times Union.
At a meeting last week, the dissident faction argued, with some reason, that JCOPE should recruit an executive director from outside the Albany bubble in contrast to the first two, who had both been aides to Gov. Cuomo.
Chairman Daniel Horwitz a Cuomo appointee countered that "an understanding of state government is beneficial."
They might as well have been debating the arrangement of deck chairs on the Titanic.NIKE AIR YEEZY 2
JCOPE’s structure is so flawed, so rigged for the benefit of political insiders, that who holds what title hardly matters.
Not when a supposedly independent ethics cop is controlled by appointees of the very politicians it’s tasked with policing.NIKE AIR YEEZY 2
Not when two commissioners on the 14-member board have the power to block probes of the officials who appointed them.
Not when those votes, like almost all of the panel’s critical business, are cloaked in utter secrecy.
This is why as federal prosecutors have been picking off crooked pols like so many tin cans on a fence post JCOPE has come up empty.
Its only action of any consequence against an elected official was to penalize ex-Brooklyn Assemblyman Vito Lopez for serial sexual harassment based on incidents that were already well known while giving a pass to the coverup engineered by then-Speaker Sheldon Silver.
Yes, the fact that people with ties to Cuomo hold high-ranking staff positions sends an unfortunate message. Yes, bringing in a director with fewer ties would be welcome. But JCOPE needs a lot more than new names on the Albany no-can-do watchdogletterhead NIKE AIR YEEZY 2