Tension appears to rise over Cuomo ethics panel

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Tensions appear to have escalated between Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and legislators over a panel he launched to investigate them.
Cuomo says lawmakers would be “making a mistake” by fighting subpoenas issued by his Commission to Investigate Public Corruption. Lawmakers, citing separation-of-powers arguments, have declined to turn over more information about outside clients than is already legally required.

Meanwhile, four lawmakers recently introduced a bill that would require businesses seeking state agency contracts to disclose campaign contributions made to the governor. Sponsors include Sen. Carl Marcellino (R-Syosset) and Assemb. Steve Englebright (D-Setauket). The bill is called “Pay-to-play disclosure reform.” Englebright said he was "carrying the bill as a courtesy" to the Senate.

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