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Domestic partner disclosure brought to JCOPE

A conservative leaning activist group wants the state's Joint Commission on Public Ethics to review its current requirements of financial disclosures by elected officials regarding domestic partnerships.

New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms Executive Director Rev. Jason J. McGuire highlighted the issue in the wake of a recent decision from JCOPE on the domestic partnership of Gov. Andrew Cuomo. He is in a long-term relationship with food personality Sandra Lee.

"Specifically, JCOPE found that the Governor's partner may fly on state aircraft for free when traveling with the Governor to and from official events, may stay in the Governor's Mansion, and may receive state police protection when she is with the Governor," McGuire said in a statement.

The letter from New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms to JCOPE is available below.

"On the other hand, JCOPE does not oblige Governor Andrew Cuomo and other elected officials to disclose the same financial information regarding domestic partners that they must disclose regarding spouses," McGuire said. "This is inconsistent. If an elected official's domestic partner is to be treated like a spouse for purposes of taxpayer-funded transportation, lodging, and security, isn't it reasonable for that elected official to disclose the same financial information regarding a domestic partner as he would regarding a spouse?"

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Constitutional Freedoms JCOPE Letter

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