Despite approving an ethics bill that would have required them to reveal how much they make in outside income, nearly two-thirds of state lawmakers refused to reveal the information when pressed. The Daily News decided to try some legislators at their word, and most either refused or just didn't get back to them. Any outside income is not supposed to get in the way of a lawmaker's job, and violations can result in jail time. Blair Horner of the New York Public Interest Research Group said, "Everyone should disclose this information. The public has a right to know it."

Politicians are not required to disclose how much they make since an ethics bill introduced in the wake of the Bruno and Seminerio scandals was vetoed by Governor Paterson for not going far enough. But gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo has made full disclosure of legislators' outside income a keystone of his plan to clean up Albany if elected. Full disclosure could reveal cases of conflict of interest with many lawmakers who "counsel" as lawyers on the side, such as State Senator John Sampson and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. The Daily News has a full list of those who wanted the information kept secret. So why didn't anyone want to come clean?

Sen. Andrew Lanza complied, and now we know he made a whopping $35,000 as a personal injury lawyer. Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr.—who voted against the ethics reform bill—said he would when "the leader does," though it's unclear which leader he is talking about. (Hopefully not Espada!) Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz said he wouldn't disclose because he didn't want to make his colleagues look bad. And Dov Hinkind and Toby Stavisky decided to reveal the information because neither of them had outside jobs. The best response probably came from Assemblyman Michael Benjamin, who said, "Why would I do that? The law simply requires us to submit it to the ethics commission."