NYPIRG is hoping – as it has in the wake of so many previous instances – that today’s guilty plea to federal corruption charges by former Sen. Vincent Leibell as a catalyst to jump-start ethics reform at the state Capitol.

The good government group’s lobbyist, Blair Horner, said Leibell’s plea should “reignite voter outrage about Albany and spur outgoing Gov. David Paterson to call another special session specifically to deal with comprehensive ethics legislation.

In addition, Horner said, the AG, who is responsible for regulating nonprofit organizations, needs to conduct a “thorough review” to determine if other entities are “controlled” by state lawmakers.

“During the election, all candidates ran as reformers,” Horner said.

“It’s long past time for those promises to be put into action. As for the Governor, he has one last opportunity to clean up Albany and leave it a better place than he found it. New Yorkers should not have to rely on the FBI to police Albany.”

Paterson, who vetoed an ethics bill last February, arguing the measure didn’t go far enough, said in the wake of last week’s largely unproductive lame duck session that he would not be calling lawmakers back to the Capitol unless he saw a “change of heart” on the topic of mid-year budget cuts to close the $315 million gap.

AG-elect Eric Schneiderman pledged during the campaign to make fighting public corruption a central focus of his tenure as the state’s top attorney.

His oopponents – both in the primary and general election – argued he would not be able to adequately police he former colleagues, but Schneiderman pointed to his role as chairman of the committee that led the charge to expel former Sen. Hiram Monserrate as proof he can be tough with state lawmakers.