A bill seeking to create an agency to review the work of prosecutors in New York state failed to reach the floor of either house of the Legislature in the final days of lawmakers’ regular 2014 session.
A8634/S6286 would have established a “Commission on Prosecutorial Conduct” to investigate complaints of wrongdoing by prosecutors. As with the Commission on Judicial Conduct, the panel would have been empowered to sanction prosecutors by admonishment, censure or removal after a hearing (NYLJ, June 10).
The bill died in the Rules Committee in both the Senate and Assembly, the final hurdle in each chamber before the measures would have been eligible for votes by the full houses. It was the first year it had been introduced.
The state District Attorneys’ Association opposed the measure on a variety of grounds, among them that the bill would conflict with provisions of the state constitution which allow only the governor to remove a sitting district attorney.
The measure was sponsored by Sen. John DeFrancisco, R-Syracuse, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, and Assemblyman N. Nick Perry, D-Brooklyn.