ethics en Moreland Commission controversy raises questions on role of attorney general <p></p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:01:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 59414 at Moreland Commission controversy raises questions on role of attorney general Duffy will keep thoughts to himself on Moreland Commission <p></p><p>Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy says he had no direct knowledge of alleged meddling by his boss into an ethics commission the governor set up.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:54:34 +0000 Ryan Delaney 59339 at Duffy will keep thoughts to himself on Moreland Commission US Attorney supbeonas documents from state ethics panel <p></p><p>Published reports in the <a href="" target="_blank">New York Post</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">New York Daily News</a> say U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara has subpoenaed records from a state ethics panel created by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state legislature.</p> Thu, 01 May 2014 09:51:51 +0000 Karen DeWitt 55103 at Report shows record lobbying in New York state <p></p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 10:31:26 +0000 Karen DeWitt 53864 at Report shows record lobbying in New York state Budget deal could be reached Friday <p></p><p><strong>Update as of 7:00 a.m. Friday:</strong></p><p>Legislative leaders say they expect to have a final agreement on a state budget later today. They need a deal by midday in order to be on schedule for an on time budget when the fiscal year ends <span class="aBn" data-term="goog_597162673" tabindex="0"><span class="aQJ">on Monday</span></span>.</p><p><strong>Update as of 4:45 p.m. Thursday:</strong></p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 11:00:31 +0000 Karen DeWitt 53359 at Cuomo spends on ads to promote budget priorities <p></p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 12:39:20 +0000 Karen DeWitt 52171 at Cuomo spends on ads to promote budget priorities Ethics panel rejects donor privacy requests from abortion groups <p>A state ethics board has denied applications from groups on both sides of the abortion debate a request to keep private their donor lists.</p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 04:01:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 50543 at Assemblyman convicted on bribery charges <p>An Assemblyman from the Bronx has been convicted of corruption charges, meanwhile an Assemblyman from the Buffalo area resigned over accusations of sexual harassment.</p><p></p><p>On the first formal day of the legislative session, Assemblyman Eric Stevenson was convicted of bribery by a federal jury after he took $20,000 from adult day care developers in exchange for promising favorable legislation. Under state law, Stevenson is automatically removed from office.</p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 12:59:27 +0000 Karen DeWitt 49923 at Cuomo trying again for anti-corruption reform <p></p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 12:28:30 +0000 Karen DeWitt 49838 at Cuomo trying again for anti-corruption reform Ethics panel meets for final time in 2013 <p></p> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 10:34:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 49250 at Should we buy and sell organs? <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p></p><p>It’s illegal to buy and sell organs in the United States, but a new study suggests paying people to donate kidneys could address the chronic shortage of available organs and be more cost effective than the current system.</p><p>The idea immediately raises the question; is there a way to buy and sell organs ethically?</p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 13:25:08 +0000 Kate O'Connell 47473 at Should we buy and sell organs? Beleaguered state ethics committee loses another commissioner <p>The Joint Commission on Public Ethics, or JCOPE, met Tuesday and spent most of its time in a private session, as Patrick Bulgaro, a key appointee of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, resigned from the board.<p>Silver was the subject of a recent ethics commission probe, which examined his role in the sexual harassment charges against former Assemblyman Vito Lopez. Wed, 31 Jul 2013 10:56:59 +0000 Karen DeWitt 41895 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 Malcolm Smith scandal reverberates through state's political circles <p>The scandal around state Sen. Malcolm Smith is continuing to have repercussions in both political parties and in every level of the state’s government. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, on an upstate tour to promote the recently passed state budget, has been dogged by questions about the scandal instead. Thu, 04 Apr 2013 13:25:18 +0000 Karen DeWitt 35744 at Ethics panel report remains secret <p>A government reform group is calling for a state ethics panel report to be made public, one day after the panel investigating charges against Assemblyman Vito Lopez (D-Brooklyn) sent a report to the legislative ethics committee. Fri, 15 Feb 2013 11:57:43 +0000 Karen DeWitt 33415 at State ethics board impeded by secrecy rules <p>New York state’s ethics board is coming under criticism as it launches an investigation that is believed to focus on a sexual harassment scandal in the Assembly. The secrecy rules imposed in the laws governing the commission are causing some unanticipated problems.&nbsp; Sat, 15 Sep 2012 12:01:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 26010 at NY GOP use Democrats' words against them <p>The New York State Republican Party is turning a familiar Democratic Party accusation back against the Assembly Democrats, who are involved in a sexual harassment scandal.&nbsp; Thu, 06 Sep 2012 17:06:55 +0000 Karen DeWitt 25581 at JCOPE meets; won't confirm investigation <p>The state ethics board held a closed door meeting Tuesday. The Joint Commission on Public Ethics, or JCOPE, is believed to be discussing whether to investigate Brooklyn Assemblyman Vito Lopez, and possibly the Assembly Speaker, over a sexual harassment scandal. Wed, 05 Sep 2012 13:02:56 +0000 Karen DeWitt 25495 at Cuomo defends ethics panel decision on retroactivity <p>Governor Andrew Cuomo continues to defend a decision by a state ethics board to keep secret the names of donors to a lobbying group that is a key ally of the governor.&nbsp;<br /> Fri, 03 Aug 2012 13:17:16 +0000 Karen DeWitt 23599 at State Senate forum questions status of big business advocacy group <p>A hearing by New York Senate Democrats explored the influence of the controversial lobby group known as ALEC in New York State. Those who testified say more light needs to shine on the secretive group and even urged the state ethics commission to start an investigation. Thu, 14 Jun 2012 14:19:45 +0000 Karen DeWitt 20927 at Ethics committee holds hearing Thursday amid questions about lobby group <p>A lobbying group closely allied with the policies of Governor Andrew Cuomo has been in the news a lot in the past couple of days, in articles raising questions about &nbsp;multi-million dollar donations to the group known as the Committee to Save New York, &nbsp;and policies later advocated by the governor.</p><p> Thu, 07 Jun 2012 14:15:35 +0000 Karen DeWitt 20566 at Ethics panel meets among controversy <p>The head of the state ethics commission, Janet DiFiore, says she has &ldquo;done nothing wrong,&rdquo; after allegations she used her influence as Westchester County DA to obtain welfare benefits for her maid.</p><p>DiFiore spoke after a lengthy closed door session of the ethics commission.</p><p> Fri, 01 Jun 2012 14:15:06 +0000 Karen DeWitt 20227 at Bill Owens' $20,000 trip to Taiwan is questioned <p>Congressman Bill Owens (D-Plattsburgh) says he will repay more than $20,000 for a junket that he took last December to Taiwan.<span>&nbsp; </span>The trip was paid for by a university in Taiwan.<span>&nbsp; </span>But it was planned and organized by a New York lobbying firm, which is no longer allowed under House of Representatives ethics rules.<span>&nbsp; </span></p><p> Fri, 11 May 2012 21:08:46 +0000 Brian Mann 19129 at Tom Devine on The Campbell Conversations <p><font face="Calibri" size="2"><span style="font-size: 11pt;">There is nothing more powerful than the truth.&nbsp; That&rsquo;s the faith that has sustained Tom Devine&rsquo;s three-decade campaign to promote and protect whistleblowers in the corporate and governmental realms. </span></font> Fri, 17 Feb 2012 17:05:50 +0000 Grant Reeher 14546 at Joint Commission on Public Ethics meets behind closed doors <p>Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders announced their appointments to the new Joint Commission on Public Ethics, or JCOPE early last week. It was the last possible day before the commission was, under law, required to begin its work.</p><p>The first meeting was held late Thursday. It was a private teleconference, and no public notice was given. &nbsp;The Associated Press first reported the existence of the meeting.</p> Mon, 19 Dec 2011 14:08:58 +0000 Karen DeWitt 11344 at Appointments for the Joint Commission on Public Ethics <p>Governor Cuomo named Janet DiFiore, the District Attorney of Westchester County, to chair the commission. He also appointed Seymour Knox the IV, who is VP of Corporate Relations for the Buffalo Sabres, as well as the chair of a private equity firm, and Mitra Hormozi, who worked for Cuomo when he was Attorney General. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Senate Leader Dean Skelos picks include former Western New York State Senator Mary Lou Rath. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver chose former state budget director Patrick Bulgaro.</p> Tue, 13 Dec 2011 12:40:01 +0000 Karen DeWitt 10985 at