- Associated Press - Thursday, March 24, 2016

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A state ethics board says it was not required to hold a public vote before hiring a former top aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo as its new executive director - because it’s not covered by the state open meetings law.

The Joint Commission on Public Ethics voted Tuesday to hire former Cuomo counsel Seth Agata to replace a former director who resigned last year to take a job with the administration.

No public vote occurred and the commission won’t identify which members supported Agata’s hiring.

While personnel matters are usually discussed behind closed doors, formal votes by a public body on hiring top staffers are often done in the open.

Commission Chairman Daniel Horwitz declined to comment Thursday. A commission spokesman says the process was consistent with past practice.

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