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State ethics agency looking at Panepinto meets Tuesday

NEWS STAFF REPORTS

The state ethics agency looking into complaints surrounding State Sen. Marc C. Panepinto meets Tuesday morning.

The Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) is looking into various undisclosed complaints, sources in Albany with direct knowledge of the matter have told The Buffalo News.

The meeting is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. and it will be streamed online at jcope.ny.gov.

The agenda for today’s ethics meeting does not show any item pertaining to Panepinto, but the board does not provide details of any investigations until they are completed. The board is set to go into a closed-door executive session during this morning’s meeting; it is unknown if anything related to Panepinto will be discussed.

Panepinto abruptly announced last week he won’t seek a second term in the 60th District seat of the State Senate.

Four staffers have left Panepinto’s office since December, including Daniel Corum, who worked on the senator’s 2014 campaign and is a former New York City teachers union employee.

Panepinto has said he is “not able to talk” about personnel matters.

Last Tuesday, in announcing he would not seek re-election, Panepinto told reporters he was not under investigation.

Republican County Clerk Christopher L. Jacobs has already announced he will be making a bid for the seat in November. Several Democrats have also expressed interest in the seat.

email: citydesk@buffnews.com