Law license lapses for NY attorney on ethics board

ALBANY — The New York law license registration lapsed for a top attorney who leads New York’s ethics board, which fines lobbyists and public officials for overdue registrations.

Robert S. Cohen is special counsel and director of ethics and lobbying at the state’s Joint Commission on Public Ethics. He paid his overdue law license registration fee Tuesday after a blog posted about the lapse. The license registration had been overdue since 2012, State Office of Courts Administration records show.

The commission will take no action for the lapsed registration. The $375 registration that must be renewed every two years lapses on thousands of lawyers each year in New York, according to the Office of Courts Administration.

The office sends letters notifying the lawyers that their registration and fee are overdue, according to agency spokesman David Bookstaver speaking generally of practice, not on Cohen’s case. There is no penalty and lawyers can continue to practice, though those who fail to pay their fee for several years can lose their license.

The ethics commission also provides time for lobbyists and state officials to make good on overdue filings.

— Associated Press

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Source: Albany Times Union – State Capitol

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