ALBANY, N.Y. – The chairwoman of a troubled New York state ethics board created just over a year ago is being replaced by a lawyer who represented Wall Street swindler Bernard Madoff (MAY’-dawf).
Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo (KWOH’-moh) says former Manhattan assistant district attorney Daniel Horwitz will head the Joint Commission on Public Ethics.
Cuomo says Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore (dee-fee-OR’-ee) is being replaced as chairwoman because she’s running for re-election as Westchester’s top prosecutor.
The commission was formed after Cuomo pushed an ethics enforcement overhaul. It has been criticized for its secrecy and lack of action against powerful targets.
A Cuomo spokesman says the governor knew Horwitz represented Madoff and it wasn’t a concern.
Madoff ran a multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme. He pleaded guilty to fraud in 2009 and is serving a 150-year prison sentence.