From the Morning Memo:

The Joint Commission on Public Ethics will not investigate a complaint that claimed former North County state Assemblywoman Addie Jenne tried to steer state funding to a friend in 2014.

Jenne’s Republican opponent in the 2018 election, Mark Walczyk, asked JCOPE to investigate the matter in October at the height of the campaign. Walczyk, who was a Waterotown council member at the time, won the hotly contested race in the fall, defeating the Democratic incumbent.

JCOPE made the decision on Jan. 29, but typically these decisions remain confidential. Jenne herself announced the decision in a press release, saying she felt it was important since Walczyk had publicized and continually “incorrectly” stated she was being investigated.

According to the press release, JCOPE followed up with an initial inquiry consisting of an interview with a relevant party and statements the Democrat provided. It concluded no further action would be taken.

“Mr. Walczyk used lies to create allegations in order to attack my integrity. Many people following his deceptive attacks could see how he created a smear campaign not based on any facts,” Jenne said.  “JCOPE also could see through his scheme and that there was no basis to investigate me.”

Jenne said Walczyk did not follow the basic legal principles of “guilty until proven innocent” and respect due process.

“I’d like to thank Ms. Jenne for her years of work to better the North County. Holding Albany politicians accountable is very important to me,” Walczyk said in a statement.  “I’m happy that JCOPE determined no wrong doing occurred.  However, when there’s any possible appearance of corruption, the public has a right to know.”