The third and final nomination for Gov. Kathy Hochul to New York's new ethics and lobbying regulator was announced Wednesday as the new commission seeks to get to full strength after being formed earlier this year.
Hochul has nominated attorney Kaylin Whittingham to serve on the Commission on Ethics in Lobbying and Government, the successor entity to the now-defunct Joint Commission on Public Ethics.
Whittingham, a former president of the Association of Black Women Attorneys and the principal of her law firm, will be subject to a review by a committee of law school deans before her appointment can be finalized.
"The Commission on Ethics in Lobbying and Government is a crucial body aimed at holding government accountable and increasing transparency and accountability to benefit New Yorkers," Hochul said. "I am pleased to nominate Ms. Whittingham for the Committee's review and look forward to continuing our work to support the Commission's efforts to restore trust in government."
The panel is composed of appointees by the governor, attorney general, state comptroller and legislative leaders from both parties in the state Senate and Assembly.
Hochul previously nominated Michael Cardozo and Frederick Davie to serve on the panel; both appointments were confirmed by the independent review committee.
Good-government organizations previously urged Hochul as well as state Attorney General Letitia James to make their final nominations to the commission before the end of the year.