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Assembly GOP invites Bharara to address ethics

ALBANY -   Assembly Republicans have invited U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara to come to the State Capitol to discuss political corruption and get his “insight on the best ways to invoke meaningful change.”

 Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb (R-Canandaigua), who had said earlier this week he’d reach out to Bharara, said a formal invitation Friday.

 Bharara, of course, is the federal prosecutor whose corruption investigations resulted in the convictions of two of New York’s most powerful politicians, ex-Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and ex-Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos.

 “As you are well aware, the recent felony convictions of both Sheldon Silver and Dean Skelos are painful reminders that the New York State Legislature cannot maintain the business-as-usual approach that has failed taxpayers and eroded the public trust,” Kolb said in the letter. “As the Leader of the New York State Assembly Minority Conference, I would like to formally invite you to Albany to address the Assembly Minority Conference on the issue of ethics and corruption, and gain your insight on the best ways to invoke meaningful change.”

 Bharara’s office didn’t immediately comment.

Kolb had said earlier this week -- after the Democrat-led Assembly rejected his proposed ethics-law changes -- that he would seek to invite the prosecutor to Albany. Bharara traveled to the Kentucky state capitiol earlier this month to discuss ethics -- where he ripped New York lawmakers.






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