Cuomo’s new ethical choice raises questions after his predecessor’s sudden resignation
The governor relied on an inner circle attorney to replace Michael Rozen, who abruptly resigned as chairman of New York’s Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) on February 10. The reason for Rozen’s resignation remains unclear but came as tension over Cuomo’s nursing home scandal had a fever.
Cuomos new choice for the position – lawyer Camille Joseph Varlack – is no stranger to the Cuomo administration. Varlack previously served under the contested governor in a variety of roles including assistant director of government operations, chief risk officer, and special advisor.
In her role as JCOPE’s Chief Risk Officer, Varlack led a network of attorneys working in 24 states …