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Another JCOPE member resigns

ALBANY -- Three of the original 14 members of the state`s ethics board are now gone.
On Monday Patrick Bulgaro will resign from his position as member of the Joint Commission On Public Ethics, a spokesman for the board stated. Bulgaro is the third original member of the panel to resign in the 19 months it has been operating.
Bulgaro, the former Director of the Budget for the state, was appointed to the board by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.
Bulgaro did not give a reason for leaving, the AP stated.
Former board member and Manhattan Attorney Ravi Batra was the first to step aside when he handed in his resignation papers in September of 2012. In his letter Batra said he was resigning because "recent events have been cascading into a crescendo where I feel compelled to resign over principle."
Batra`s resignation letter came just after rumors swirled the board, whose investigations are meant to be kept secret, was intending to investigate then Assemblyman Vito Lopez over allegations he sexually harassed several of his female staffers.
Batra was appointed to JCOPE by one time Senate Leader John Sampson, a democrat from Brooklyn. Sampson was arrested earlier this year and charged with embezzling from the foreclosure property deals he was assigned to oversee in his Brooklyn district.
Seven months after Batra`s resignation now former Chair of JCOPE Janet DiFiore stepped down. Just 16 months into the job DiFiore left to focus on her re-election bid as Westchester County District Attorney, a press release from Governor Andrew Cuomo`s office explained.
DiFiore was replaced by current JCOPE Chair Daniel Horwitz.
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