NYS Seal For Immediate Release:
August 16, 2007


Speaker Silver Names Cahill And Bulgaro To Legislative Ethics Commission

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver today announced the appointment of Assemblyman Kevin Cahill (D-Kingston) to co-chair the Legislative Ethics Commission. He also appointed Patrick Bulgaro to the Commission.

"As chair of the Assembly Committee on Ethics and Guidance for the past two years, Kevin Cahill has shown his dedication to integrity and his commitment to the highest standards of ethics," Silver said. "Pat Bulgaro's long and distinguished career in state government makes him uniquely qualified to serve on this new panel."

The nine-member Commission includes both legislators and non-legislators. It was created pursuant to the Ethics Reform Act of 2007, passed earlier this year, and replaces the Legislative Ethics Committee, which had been made up entirely of members of the Legislature.

Cahill will serve as co-chair of the Commission. He has served in the Assembly for 12 years - representing all of Ulster County as well as the town and village of Rhinebeck in Dutchess County - and is currently chair of the Assembly Standing Committee on Ethics and Guidance.

He also served in the Ulster County Legislature from 1986 to 1992, where he was Minority Leader.

Bulgaro, who was president and executive director of the Center for the Disabled, worked in New York State government for more than 25 years. He was director of the budget under Governor Mario M. Cuomo and held top positions at the Department of Taxation and Finance and the Department of Civil Service.

He has served on the New York State Commission on Lobbying, the Public Authorities Control Board and the boards of the Dormitory Authority, City University Construction Fund, Housing Finance Agency, Medical Care Facilities Finance Agency, Municipal Bond Bank, and State of New York Mortgage Agency.

The Legislative Ethics Commission is comprised of nine members, including one legislator and one non-legislator appointed by the Assembly Speaker and Minority Leader and the Senate Majority and Minority Leaders. The ninth member is appointed jointly by the Speaker and Majority Leader. That appointment will be announced at a later date.