"Local attorney and outspoken New York ethics board member Ravi Batra was taken to the hospital yesterday after a hearing where he took a stand calling for politicians and lobbyists to be more accountable to the public."
From The NY Daily News:
ALBANY — State Senate Minority Leader John Sampson’s pick for New York’s ethics-oversight agency chairs the board of a private company that paid Sampson for legal work last year.
Both Sampson (D-Brooklyn) and board chair Ravi Batra say the senator represents In Touch Communications only on legal matters that don’t involve New York.
Sampson also reported owning shares of Gateway Wines of Brooklyn — less than 10 percent, according to spokesman Mike Murphy.
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From The NY Post today on Ravi resigning and guess what he makes a sexual misogynist comment about women -- disgusting -- he is a dirty guy and he makes it about women's sexual and cleanliness PUKE!!!!
State ethics guardian Ravi Batra has resigned his membership in the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, which lobbies state government.
Batra, a litigator in private practice who was appointed to the Joint Commission on Public Ethics by Senate Minority Leader John Sampson (D-Brooklyn), claimed he was unaware the association employed paid lobbyists.
The commission oversees lobbyists and their clients and investigates alleged lobby-law violations.
Batra said he had thought the association’s lobbying was handled by the separate Lawpac political- action committee.
He agreed to give up his membership after he said he learned of the association’s own lobbyists, including Dan Klores Communications and former Senate Republican Counsel Kenneth Riddett, from the Albany Times-Union.
“To be on the ethics board, you have to be cleaner than Caesar’s wife,” said Batra.
He said in a separate statement his resignation was “to avoid even the appearance of impropriety.”
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