Ripped from today's headlines is another story showing the need for an Independent Budget Office in New York State. Front page of the metro section of the New York Times reports that Governor Pataki kept a landlord lobbyist as a chief of mortgage agency despite the obvious potential conflict of interest issues it raises. And worse, the Independent Ethics office okayed it. If this burns you up, and you want an independent cop on the beat to oversee state lawmakers, join the thousands of New Yorkers who sent e-mails yesterday to state lawmakers urging action on ethics before the end of session by joining in our call for ethics reform ( Rachel LeonCommon Cause/NYGuest Blogger Categories: General, Governmental Ethics