- Associated Press - Monday, December 14, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - Responding to criticism, New York State Assemblyman Michael Blake says he’s declining a political consulting job.

The Bronx Democrat told The New York Times (https://nyti.ms/1Yezr5w ) he decided to decline the partnership at Hilltop Public Solutions. The firm has numerous political clients including Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Blake says he did everything legally and ethically but would not take the job because the criticism from reform groups was an “unnecessary distraction.”

The position had been approved by the Legislative Ethics Commission.

Blake is a first-term legislator and former While House aide under President Barack Obama.

State lawmakers are allowed to earn income outside government. But the practice has come under scrutiny following the conviction of former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver on corruption charges related to work at an outside law firm.


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