Monday, May 03, 2010

Skelos' Links to Lobbyists and Other Matters Worth Discussing with Legislative Leaders

The New York Post had a story this weekend about the lobbying group, Empire Government Strategies (EGS), funded by Senate Minority Leader Den Skelos’ law firm. According to EGS’ chairman, the lobbying firm is ‘operationally independent’ of the law firm from which Skelos draws a paycheck, but the association may be a little too close for comfort.

Skelos – like his counterparts in the majority leadership of both chambers – is not required by current state law to disclose his clients at his law firm, so it’s difficult to know if anyone with an interest in influencing state policy has a direct impact on his income. At the very least, the Post points out, Skelos “still collects a paycheck from a law firm with a vested interest in the lobbyist outfit’s success.”

New Yorkers will have the opportunity to ask Skelos about this association and other issues related to government reform at this Wednesday’s Albany on the Record event. Skelos will be joined by Senator Sampson, Assemblymen Silver and Kolb, and Comptroller DiNapoli. Yours truly will be live blogging the event.

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