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The Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) was Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s answer to state government’s ineffectual ethics system, especially in the Legislature, where lawmakers were responsible for investigating and passing judgment on themselves — and, not surprisingly, didn’t do either. The Vito Lopez case, in which JCOPE investigated and issued a damning report about sexual harassment of his staff by the veteran assemblyman, as well as the Assembly’s handling of the matter, shows that the ...

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