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05/17/2011 09:46 am ET | Updated Jul 17, 2011

Dean Skelos Pushes Cuomo To Release Ethics Disclosure Statement

State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos released his unredacted ethics disclosure statement and he wants Gov. Andrew Cuomo to follow suit.

Skelos said he had "nothing to hide" and insisted that state lawmakers should release their statements, despite not being legally required to do so.

The Daily News reached out to a Cuomo spokesperson who could not immediately confirm whether the governor will release his statement, though he did so last year.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver will not release his ethics statement.

An incredulous Fred Dicker noted that, despite his claims of transparency, Skelos, who is a lawyer, still will not say which of his law firm's clients have business before the state. Skelos did tell the News that he does not personally represent any client with business at the capital, but his law firm, Ruskin Moscou Faltischek, does.

Dicker ridiculed state Republicans who would not comment on whether Skelos should disclose the names of his clients. The Post columnist described them as "spineless" rats "caught in a floodlight."

Dicker also cited sources who said Cuomo's push to pass an ethics reform bill had "ground to a virtual halt."