From Joseph Spector, Gannett News Albany Bureau:

Cuomo spokesman Richard Azzopardi said talks are underway and shot back at the groups.

"We will be discussing many ethics issues this session, including campaign finance reform, outside income for legislators and more disclosure by not-for-profits as to who actually funds them and whether they are shadow lobbyists," he said in a statement.

The state Legislature was marred by the corruption convictions late last year of former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos.

Groups have pressed for new laws to address the problems highlighted in the cases, such as lawmakers’ ability to earn outside income and control pots of state money with little oversight.

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