corruption en Fallout for Cuomo over report his aides interfered with ethics probes <p></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 01:12:33 +0000 Karen DeWitt 59357 at Fallout for Cuomo over report his aides interfered with ethics probes Anti-corruption panel ends following ethics reform deal <p></p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 10:50:33 +0000 Karen DeWitt 53688 at FBI investigating alleged corruption in state Assembly, Senate <p></p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 12:25:36 +0000 Karen DeWitt 53342 at Senate public finance provision raises questions <p></p><p>The New York state Senate for the first time includes Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan for public campaign financing in its budget resolution.&nbsp; The sparsely worded proposal has left supporters and opponents trying to sort through the political tea leaves.</p><p>The inclusion of public campaign financing would seem to signal an abrupt change of policy for Republicans, who co-lead the Senate. The GOP has long maintained that a matching small donor plan using public funds is a waste of the taxpayers’ money, and would only lead to more annoying robo-calls.</p> Sun, 16 Mar 2014 22:47:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 52742 at Onondaga County DA Fitzpatrick says Moreland Commission has uncovered criminal activity <p>The Moreland Act Commission appointed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo is releasing a preliminary report on public corruption in a few weeks. The commission is charged with investigating corruption in state governmental agencies, and has already gone after the state Board of Elections and the Joint Commission on Public Ethics, or J-COPE, at recent public hearings.<br /> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 20:33:15 +0000 Gino Geruntino 46815 at State Senate Republicans respond to Moreland Commission subpoenas <p></p><p>Republicans in the New York Senate, who are targets of subpoenas by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s anti-corruption Moreland Act Commission, are fighting back in court.<br /><br />The subpoenas were sent by the Moreland Commission to the Republican Senate Campaign Committee, as well as the campaign committees of Democrats, seeking internal documents and emails. The Senate GOP has filed a challenge in Supreme Court, claiming that it’s not fair to compel Republicans to hand over documents that outline their political campaign strategies to a commission appointed by a Democratic governor.</p> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 12:19:53 +0000 Karen DeWitt 46441 at State Senate Republicans respond to Moreland Commission subpoenas State Board of Elections officials grilled at corruption commission hearing <p></p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 12:11:20 +0000 Karen DeWitt 46381 at Cuomo's corruption commission will subpoena some lawmakers <p>A corruption commission appointed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo has voted to issue subpoenas to some members of the legislature to force them to disclose money paid to them by private law clients.<br /><br />The Moreland Act commission wrote letters to state senators and assemblymembers who make more than $20,000 a year from outside legal clients, a figure that includes all of the major party legislative leaders. The legislature hired attorneys, who said no.<br /> Wed, 16 Oct 2013 15:00:41 +0000 Karen DeWitt 45716 at Corruption hearings continue in Moreland Act Commission meeting <p></p> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 10:47:27 +0000 Karen DeWitt 44388 at Lawmakers passing fewer bills, more Constitutional Amendments, analysis shows <p></p> Fri, 05 Jul 2013 10:36:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 40521 at Cuomo appoints commission to probe the legislature <p>Gov. Andrew Cuomo has joined forces with the New York State Attorney General to create a commission with wide ranging powers to investigate corruption in the state legislature. This move follows a legislative session during which nearly three dozen state lawmakers have been indicted, arrested, or jailed.<br><br>Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick was named a co-chair of the commission, and Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney will serve as a member of the panel.<br> Wed, 03 Jul 2013 12:53:48 +0000 Catherine Loper 40491 at Cuomo's Moreland Act Commission -- potential and pitfalls <p>Gov. Andrew Cuomo, frustrated by what he says is the failure of the legislature to agree to a reform package, says he’ll follow through with a threat to investigate the legislature, using special powers given to him under the state’s Moreland Act. But there are potential limitations built into the act.</p><p>Cuomo says he did not want to compromise on a reform package that includes public campaign financing, and new prosecutorial powers for the state’s district attorneys to root out public corruption.</p> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 11:52:11 +0000 Karen DeWitt 39924 at Cuomo stumps for campaign reform with stop in Syracuse <p>As a recent poll shows his <a href="" target="_blank">approval rating continuing to slide</a>, Gov. Andrew Cuomo made a trip through upstate New York Wednesday with a stop in Syracuse to push for his newly released campaign reform package.</p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 10:14:00 +0000 Ryan Delaney 39442 at Cuomo stumps for campaign reform with stop in Syracuse Questions over what will get done in last four weeks of session <p>The steady drumbeat of scandal after scandal in the New York State Legislature has led many to wonder whether lawmakers can focus on passing any major bills by the end of the session, which is fast approaching.</p><p>The legislature returns Wednesday and has just four work weeks to act on items ranging from campaign finance reform to abortion rights, to economic development plans.<br><br>Gov. Andrew Cuomo, before the legislature even returned from its Memorial Day break, gathered local government leaders from across the state to ask for help in passing a plan to create tax free zones for new businesses at college campuses. Wed, 29 May 2013 12:59:43 +0000 Karen DeWitt 38613 at Campaign finance reform proposal making its way through Albany <p>In the wake of a series of political corruption cases out of Albany in recent weeks, campaign finance reform has become a popular issue in the state capitol.&nbsp; Among the proposals for reforming the way money is used in political campaigns, is one from the Independent Democratic Conference. The group is wrapping up a set of statewide hearings on their plan today in Albany. Mon, 20 May 2013 13:31:00 +0000 Ellen Abbott 38118 at State lawmakers carry on in face of scandal <p>Lawmakers in Albany tried to continue business as usual in the wake of one of the worst scandals in recent decades, that has overshadowed most other news coming out of the Capitol. Much of this week’s legislative session has been canceled, but politicians who were in town insisted that their agendas are not being derailed. Tue, 14 May 2013 13:12:14 +0000 Karen DeWitt 37778 at Names of officials secretly recorded released <p>Nine more names of state Senators and others potentially involved in corruption were made public Wednesday, when a judge ordered prosecutors in the case of convicted former Sen. Shirley Huntley to make public the names of her colleagues that she secretly recorded. Thu, 09 May 2013 05:38:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 37508 at Controversy over access overshadows state Senate hearing <p>A hearing by state Senate Republicans on New York City’s public campaign financing system was overshadowed by protests, as government reform groups and other members of the public were denied entry, and noisy protests ensued. Wed, 08 May 2013 13:03:18 +0000 Karen DeWitt 37461 at Another state senator arrested <p>Former Senate Democratic Leader John Sampson turned himself in to federal authorities Monday, after being accused in a nine-count indictment of embezzling nearly half a million dollars from mortgage foreclosure accounts, and then trying to cover it up. Tue, 07 May 2013 12:44:45 +0000 Karen DeWitt 37388 at Another state senator arrested Senate GOP hearings will examine NYC's public campaign financing system <p>Republicans in the New York State Senate plan to hold hearings Tuesday, May 7, on what they say are abuses in New York City’s public campaign finance system.&nbsp; Mon, 06 May 2013 12:57:45 +0000 Karen DeWitt 37334 at Corruption still dominates discussion in Albany <p>Anti-corruption is the dominant topic at the New York state legislature for the second week in a row, following bribery charges against two state lawmakers, including a former Senate leader. A new poll finds 81 percent of voters expect more Senators and Assembly members will be arrested. Tue, 23 Apr 2013 10:32:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 36628 at Corruption still dominates discussion in Albany <p>Anti-corruption is the dominant topic at the New York State Legislature for the second week in a row, following bribery charges against two state lawmakers, including a former Senate leader. A new poll finds 81 percent of voters expect more senators and Assembly members will be arrested. Tue, 23 Apr 2013 10:32:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 36629 at Board of Elections reform discussed in Albany <p>Anti-corruption proposals are proliferating in Albany, following two high-profile bribery scandals. Some of them focus on the long-neglected New York State Board of Elections, which hasn’t even had an investigator on staff in over a year. Mon, 22 Apr 2013 09:52:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 36511 at Poll finds New Yorkers want more action against corruption <p>A poll finds New Yorkers are upset about recent corruption scandals in Albany, and think that Gov. Andrew Cuomo should take the lead to clean things up. Thu, 18 Apr 2013 10:31:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 36406 at Cuomo, Assembly Democrats roll out reform ideas <p>At the New York State Capitol, lawmakers are scrambling to put forward plans to react to the recent twin corruption scandals involving bribery charges against a state Senator and Assemblyman. On Tuesday, it was the Assembly Democrats’ turn to weigh in. Gov. Andrew Cuomo also rolled out two more components of his own reform plan. Wed, 17 Apr 2013 13:10:21 +0000 Karen DeWitt 36366 at Cuomo, Assembly Democrats roll out reform ideas State lawmakers return to confront scandals <p>New York state lawmakers returned to work after a two-week spring break. It’s their first meeting since two lawmakers have been charged with bribery in separate corruption scandals. Tue, 16 Apr 2013 13:06:32 +0000 Karen DeWitt 36308 at Reform groups say Cuomo's plan to empower DAs is a good first step <p>Government reform groups say they are pleased that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has now proposed step one in his plan to clean up corruption in state government, following two high profile arrests of state lawmakers. Thu, 11 Apr 2013 13:09:40 +0000 Karen DeWitt 36069 at Cuomo proposes empowering DAs to help fight political corruption <p>Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state’s district attorneys are pushing for laws to make it easier to prosecute bribery and public corruption cases, in the wake of recent scandals in Albany. Wed, 10 Apr 2013 09:50:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 35981 at Cuomo's budget victory tour overshadowed by scandals in the legislature <p>Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been touring statewide to promote the newly passed state budget, saying it shows that New York state is functional again. But not everyone is completely convinced. Sun, 07 Apr 2013 23:52:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 35827 at Second state legislator accused of corruption <p>Two days after a state senator was arrested for trying to bribe his way onto the New York City mayoral ballot, a state assemblyman has been accused of accepting payments to sponsor legislation that would benefit developers of an adult day care center in the Bronx. Fri, 05 Apr 2013 13:11:38 +0000 Karen DeWitt 35802 at