New York State Starts Searching for Someone to Make It Less Corrupt

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New York State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie announced in February, shortly after taking over for Sheldon Silver, who resigned after being hit with federal corruption charges, that he was going to hire someone to clean the place up. He created a new office devoted to ethics, and announced a search for the right person to lead it. He acknowledged that this might require looking outside New York. “Residents of this great state rightly expect a government that is honest and beyond reproach,” he said, “and this new office will work to ensure that their elected representatives are living up to the highest ethical standards.” 

Three months later, after necessary bureaucratic rigamarole and the downfall of a Senate leader after federal corruption charges, the job posting for the executive-director position of the new Assembly Office of Ethics & Compliance is now on Monster

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The New York State Assembly is seeking Executive Director for newly created Office of Ethics and Compliance responsible for pro-active outreach and assistance to members and staff of the Assembly regarding compliance with ethics laws and rules. Duties include the planning and implementation of an expanded education and training program and the review and development of best practices in the area of legislative ethicsPosition based in Albany, requiring travel throughout the state. Seeking attorney with substantial experience with legislative ethics issues; offering competitive salary commensurate with experience. Equal Opportunity Employer. 

Is it a dream job for those hoping to clean up government, given that finding corruption in Albany seems easier than the first page of a Where’s Waldo book? Or is it the worst job of all time, since you also need to teach New York state lawmakers the impossible: how to stop making bad decisions? 

If you have encyclopedic knowledge of governmental wrongdoing and have also dreamed of starring in an ‘80s-movie-style montage starring state legislators slowly learning how not to get arrested instead of high school football teams learning how not to suck, feel free to apply and find out.

Is it a dream job for those hoping to clean up government, given that finding corruption in Albany seems easier than the first page of a Where’s Waldo book? Or is it the worst job of all time, since you also need to teach New York state lawmakers the impossible: how to stop making bad decisions? 

If you have encyclopedic knowledge of governmental wrongdoing and have also dreamed of starring in an ‘80s-movie-style montage starring state legislators slowly learning how not to get arrested instead of high school football teams learning how not to suck, feel free to apply and find out.

New York Hiring Someone to Make It Less Corrupt