The Commission on Ethics and Lobbying in Government consists of 11 members with staggered four-year terms. The breakdown of nominations/appointments to the new Commission is as follows:
- the Governor (3);
- Senate President and Majority Leader (2);
- Senate Minority Leader (1);
- Assembly Speaker (2);
- Assembly Minority Leader (1);
- the Comptroller (1);
- the Attorney General (1).
Instead of elected officials making direct appointments to the Commission, as has historically been the case, the Ethics Reform Act of 2022 created the Independent Review Committee (“IRC”) comprised of the Deans of the State’s 15 law schools to determine whether or not nominees should be confirmed for appointment.
Commission members appoint an executive director who serves a four-year term and is responsible for carrying out the duties and responsibilities of the Commission.
More information on the IRC can be found at https://www.ny.gov/independent-review-committee-nominations-commission-ethics-and-lobbying-government