JCOPE Under Review

Aug 26, 2015

The controversial New York State ethics commission is in the midst of a review by a panel appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo and the legislature. Government reform groups say they’ve already been asked to give their opinions on how to fix some of the commission’s problems. 

The Joint Commission on Public Ethics, or JCOPE, was designed by Cuomo and state lawmakers four years ago.  It replaced a former ethics commission that also was troubled.  

Hartford Public Schools

Every student in Hartford Public Schools will be eating free breakfast and lunch in their cafeterias beginning this week because of a free, federal meal program that Connecticut started participating in last year. Under the program, schools where more than 40 percent of students' families qualify for food stamps get funding to offer free meals to all students.

Billed as an anthropological “memoir” of when she recently lived among The Haves, The Have Mores and The Have Mosts on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, Primates of Park Avenue by Wednesday Martin, has generated a huge response in print and online, A lot if it negative. Her creds list a Ph.D. from Yale, but her degree is in comparative literature and cultural studies, and “Wednesday” is not her real name. It’s “Wendy,” though it’s not clear why she adopted such an pseudonym.

(AP Photo/Mike Groll)

New York’s first openly gay state legislator said that it’s time to appoint an LGBT person to the state’s highest court.


The National Transportation Safety Board has issued a preliminary accident report on a fatal plane crash on Long Island earlier this month.

The pilot was Joseph Milo, 59, of Westhampton Beach. Milo was killed when his single-engine aircraft crashed into a Long Island Rail Road crossing in Hicksville. A passenger was seriously injured.