corruption http://wrvo.org en Cuomo makes first comments on ethics commission controversy http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-makes-first-comments-ethics-commission-controversy <p></p><p>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Andrew Cuomo, in his first public appearance since a potentially damaging news story about allegations his staff tampered with an ethics probe, tried to change the subject by talking about economic development.&nbsp; But the story continues to dog the governor.</span></p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:11:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 59575 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo makes first comments on ethics commission controversy Fallout for Cuomo over report his aides interfered with ethics probes http://wrvo.org/post/fallout-cuomo-over-report-his-aides-interfered-ethics-probes <p></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 01:12:33 +0000 Karen DeWitt 59357 at http://wrvo.org Fallout for Cuomo over report his aides interfered with ethics probes Anti-corruption panel ends following ethics reform deal http://wrvo.org/post/anti-corruption-panel-ends-following-ethics-reform-deal <p></p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 10:50:33 +0000 Karen DeWitt 53688 at http://wrvo.org FBI investigating alleged corruption in state Assembly, Senate http://wrvo.org/post/fbi-investigating-alleged-corruption-state-assembly-senate <p></p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 12:25:36 +0000 Karen DeWitt 53342 at http://wrvo.org Senate public finance provision raises questions http://wrvo.org/post/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 http://wrvo.org Onondaga County DA Fitzpatrick says Moreland Commission has uncovered criminal activity http://wrvo.org/post/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 http://wrvo.org State Senate Republicans respond to Moreland Commission subpoenas http://wrvo.org/post/state-senate-republicans-respond-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 http://wrvo.org State Senate Republicans respond to Moreland Commission subpoenas State Board of Elections officials grilled at corruption commission hearing http://wrvo.org/post/state-board-elections-officials-grilled-corruption-commission-hearing <p></p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 12:11:20 +0000 Karen DeWitt 46381 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo's corruption commission will subpoena some lawmakers http://wrvo.org/post/cuomos-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 http://wrvo.org Corruption hearings continue in Moreland Act Commission meeting http://wrvo.org/post/corruption-hearings-continue-moreland-act-commission-meeting <p></p> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 10:47:27 +0000 Karen DeWitt 44388 at http://wrvo.org Lawmakers passing fewer bills, more Constitutional Amendments, analysis shows http://wrvo.org/post/lawmakers-passing-fewer-bills-more-constitutional-amendments-analysis-shows <p></p> Fri, 05 Jul 2013 10:36:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 40521 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo appoints commission to probe the legislature http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-appoints-commission-probe-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 http://wrvo.org Cuomo's Moreland Act Commission -- potential and pitfalls http://wrvo.org/post/cuomos-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 http://wrvo.org Cuomo stumps for campaign reform with stop in Syracuse http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-stumps-campaign-reform-stop-syracuse <p>As a recent poll shows his <a href="http://www.wrvo.org/post/silver-cuomo-slide-new-poll" 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 http://wrvo.org Cuomo stumps for campaign reform with stop in Syracuse Questions over what will get done in last four weeks of session http://wrvo.org/post/questions-over-what-will-get-done-last-four-weeks-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 http://wrvo.org Campaign finance reform proposal making its way through Albany http://wrvo.org/post/campaign-finance-reform-proposal-making-its-way-through-albany-0 <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 http://wrvo.org State lawmakers carry on in face of scandal http://wrvo.org/post/state-lawmakers-carry-face-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 http://wrvo.org Names of officials secretly recorded released http://wrvo.org/post/names-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 http://wrvo.org Controversy over access overshadows state Senate hearing http://wrvo.org/post/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 http://wrvo.org Another state senator arrested http://wrvo.org/post/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 http://wrvo.org Another state senator arrested Senate GOP hearings will examine NYC's public campaign financing system http://wrvo.org/post/senate-gop-hearings-will-examine-nycs-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 http://wrvo.org Corruption still dominates discussion in Albany http://wrvo.org/post/corruption-still-dominates-discussion-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 http://wrvo.org Corruption still dominates discussion in Albany http://wrvo.org/post/corruption-still-dominates-discussion-albany-0 <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 http://wrvo.org Board of Elections reform discussed in Albany http://wrvo.org/post/board-elections-reform-discussed-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 http://wrvo.org Poll finds New Yorkers want more action against corruption http://wrvo.org/post/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 http://wrvo.org Cuomo, Assembly Democrats roll out reform ideas http://wrvo.org/post/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 http://wrvo.org Cuomo, Assembly Democrats roll out reform ideas State lawmakers return to confront scandals http://wrvo.org/post/state-lawmakers-return-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 http://wrvo.org Reform groups say Cuomo's plan to empower DAs is a good first step http://wrvo.org/post/reform-groups-say-cuomos-plan-empower-das-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 http://wrvo.org Cuomo proposes empowering DAs to help fight political corruption http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-proposes-empowering-das-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 http://wrvo.org Cuomo's budget victory tour overshadowed by scandals in the legislature http://wrvo.org/post/cuomos-budget-victory-tour-overshadowed-scandals-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 http://wrvo.org