New York Attorney General Letitia James has appointed an Albany Law School professor to New York’s newly formed lobbying and ethics watchdog.
James has appointed Eva Ayers to the Commission on Lobbying and Government Ethics, a successor to the Joint Commission on Public Ethics, her office announced Monday.
“A strong independent agency dedicated to ensuring the ethical conduct of New York State government needs a commissioner who upholds the ideals of public service,” said James. “That is why I am proud to nominate Ava Ayers to New York’s Lobbying and Government Ethics Committee. Having served justice both at the federal level, I am confident that Ava will proudly serve our state in this new role and lead the effort to restore public confidence. .”
Ayers is the former clerk of Judge Sonia Sotomayor and has served as Judge of the United States Court of Appeals and Judge Gerard Lynch of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Ayers has been with Albany Law School since 2016, where she served as director of the school’s Center for Government Law for five years.
Candidates for the committee must be approved by a committee of state law school deans. Commissioners are appointed by governors, legislative leaders, attorneys general, and state comptrollers.