Ethics Board Member Who Quit Lashes Out at Board

Ravi Batra, a Brooklyn lawyer, said in an interview that the Joint Commission on Public Ethics is beholden to Cuomo

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    Ravi Batra who quit the Ethics Board Friday, thinks the Joint Commission on Public Ethics is beholden to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

    The maverick member of New York's ethics board who quit in protest lashed out Saturday against the secreti "farce" in Albany.
     
    Ravi Batra, a Brooklyn lawyer, said in an interview that the Joint Commission on Public Ethics is beholden to Cuomo and legislative leaders who appoint the members. He also says good-government groups have failed to criticize the board enough.

      Batra quit Friday after calling for a federal investigation of what he called the board's lack of independence from Cuomo and the elected officials who appoint board members.
     
    Dick Dadey of the Citizens Union bristled at Batra's criticism saying the good-government group is a nonpartisan watchdog.
     

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