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Cuomo expected to ink new ethics law

ALBANY — An administration official says New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected to sign a new law to strengthen ethics enforcement for government officials.

The official, who wasn’t authorized to speak publicly ahead of the signing, says it is part of business Cuomo is wrapping up Monday before starting vacation.

The measure, which the governor proposed, will establish a new Joint Commission on Public Ethics to oversee and investigate compliance by lawmakers. It will also monitor executive branch and legislative employees and oversee registration and conduct of lobbyists.

Those functions have been handled by the Commission on Public Integrity, which will close, and the Legislative Ethics Commission.

The law requires legislators to disclose more about their private businesses and income and their law firm clients. Penalties for violations will also increase.