By Roger Stone New York's top ethics watchdog is not leaving his job quietly, but he isn't leaving a moment too soon. Public Integrity Commission Chairman Michael Cherkasky used his farewell remarks to warn the ethics agency is underfunded and lacks the resources to properly police Albany. What Cherkasky failed to mention is his active role within the Commission in the cover-up of Governor Eliot Spitzer's abuse of power in the Troopergate matter, in which Spitzer used state resources against his political enemies. Cherkasky, who worked with Spitzer in the Manhattan District Attorney's office, oversaw the leaks of internal investigative documents to Spitzer's lawyers and spearheaded the effort to scapegoat low level Spitzer aides when it was Spitzer himself who gave the order to "stick a hot poker up Joe Bruno's ass." If there is anything that needs to be investigated, it's the circumstance under which Attorney General Spitzer refused to settle charges with insurance giant Marsh McLennan until they acquired Julius Kroll and Company at a greatly inflated price and agreed to make Cherkasky, a Kroll employee at the time, the CEO of Marsh McLennan. Sure sounds like blackmail to me. Now Cherkasky is complaining that ethics oversight of the Legislature is "virtually nonexistent." Cherkasky is correct, but the answer lies in State Inspector General Joseph Fisch's proposed super-agency to police ethics in all three branches of government. Governor-elect Andrew Cuomo has wisely endorsed the Fisch proposal. That way the monitoring of ethics is not left to political hacks with an agenda like Michael Cherkasky.