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Casey Seiler: Ethics out for summer



To paraphrase a culturally suspect song from “Dumbo”: I’ll be done seeing about everything when I see a meeting of the state Senate’s ethics committee.

On Thursday morning, that became something I can cross off my bucket list when this august body met for the first time in at least eight years. Readers of this column will be familiar with the sleepytime performance of this allegedly “standing” committee of the Senate, which before last week remained somnolent despite the corruption-related arrests of not one, two or three but four sitting or former majority conference leaders of the chamber (Joe Bruno — ultimately acquitted — as well as Malcolm Smith, John Sampson and Dean Skelos) plus the similarly ignominious falls of several other lawmakers.

In January, the committee was reconstituted with nine members — three apiece from the Republican majority conference, their…



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