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Lawmakers return to work, address ethics issues


ALBANY, N.Y. – It was a very tense Monday as lawmakers returned to work, many angry that they once again were left addressing corruption issues among their colleagues.

"Quite frankly I'm disgusted with all of the corruption that's happened here over the last couple of weeks. It just seems to be an ongoing flow that seems to be without end," said Senator Terry Gibson (D).

Frustration and disappointment were in the air as lawmakers returned to work at the Capitol building Monday, following the arrest of Senator Malcolm Smith for what the FBI says was a plot to rig the New York City mayoral race. Assemblyman Eric Stevenson was also arrested, accused of accepting thousands of dollars in bribes.

But Stevenson was back to work in his office at the Capitol Monday.

"We'll I'm here to do the people's work as the people have sent me and elected me to do and I'm going to continue to not let the people down and do the work of the people," said Stevenson. "We'll all I'm saying is I just thought all Americans were presumably innocent and I'm going to fight." 

As Stevenson was answering to questions about his arrest, a Senate Democratic Conference was held and several bills were proposed for ethics and campaign finance reform.

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