Commissioner resigns NY ethics board

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - One of the most respected members of New York's ethics board is resigning after serving during the board's rocky two-year start.

Patrick J. Bulgaro will announce he's leaving the position he was appointed to by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver as early as Tuesday's meeting.

Silver's office and the ethics board confirmed the resignation to The Associated Press on Monday.

The Joint Commission on Public Ethics regulates ethics and lobbying in state government.

No reason was provided, but members say the work is demanding for a part-time position.

The commission was recently critical of Silver in arranging a secret $103,000 settlement of sexual harassment accusations against Assemblyman Vito Lopez.

Commissioner Ravi Batra resigned last year, claiming it lacked independence from Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The commission's first chairwoman resigned in April.

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