ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Michael Cherkasky is resigning as chairman of the New York Commission on Public Integrity and says it has too few resources to police all lobbying and executive branch ethics violations.
Cherkasky was appointed by Gov. David Paterson in 2009. The agency later recommended $90,000 in civil penalties against Paterson for soliciting and accepting Yankees baseball tickets before belatedly paying for them.READ MORE: Police: Car Stolen From Chick-Fil-A Parking Lot In Suffolk County
He says the commission should focus on more serious violations and notes legislators have little ethics oversight except federal prosecutions.READ MORE: New York City To Hold 'Hometown Heroes' Ticker Tape Parade For Health Care Workers, First Responders, Essential Workers July 7
Cherkasky is chief executive of the risk management firm Altegrity. He says Thursday he’s resigning from the ethics post as of Jan. 1 because his firm’s growing global client list could create conflicts of interest he wouldn’t immediately know about.MORE NEWS: Shocking Video: Masked Cyclist Stabs Delivery Worker In The Back With Large Knife In Woodhaven
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