jcope http://wrvo.org en US Attorney supbeonas documents from state ethics panel http://wrvo.org/post/us-attorney-supbeonas-documents-state-ethics-panel <p></p><p>Published reports in the <a href="http://nypost.com/2014/04/30/feds-widen-crackdown-on-new-york-political-corruption/" target="_blank">New York Post</a> and <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/dailypolitics/preet-bharara-asks-complaints-filed-state-ethics-commission-blog-entry-1.1774171" 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 http://wrvo.org Ethics panel meets for final time in 2013 http://wrvo.org/post/ethics-panel-meets-final-time-2013 <p></p> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 10:34:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 49250 at http://wrvo.org Ethics commission faces abortion controversy http://wrvo.org/post/ethics-commission-faces-abortion-controversy <p></p> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 11:20:03 +0000 Karen DeWitt 42719 at http://wrvo.org Beleaguered state ethics committee loses another commissioner http://wrvo.org/post/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 http://wrvo.org Ethics panel report remains secret http://wrvo.org/post/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 http://wrvo.org State ethics board impeded by secrecy rules http://wrvo.org/post/state-ethics-board-impeded-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 http://wrvo.org Ethics panel launches probe http://wrvo.org/post/ethics-panel-launches-probe <p>A unanimous state ethics board appears to launch a full investigation into the Assembly’s sexual harassment scandal.&nbsp; The vote followed an acrimonious meeting, where commissioners appointed by the Assemblys peaker demanded a public discussion of the deliberations, and called the governor’s threats to open his own investigation “coercive.”&nbsp;&nbsp; Tue, 11 Sep 2012 11:04:31 +0000 Karen DeWitt 25794 at http://wrvo.org JCOPE meets; won't confirm investigation http://wrvo.org/post/jcope-meets-wont-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 http://wrvo.org Ethics panel calls special meeting http://wrvo.org/post/ethics-panel-calls-special-meeting <p>The state’s ethics board has called a special meeting immediately after Labor Day. The news comes after Governor Andrew Cuomo and others have called for an investigation of a sexual harassment scandal in the State Assembly. Fri, 31 Aug 2012 14:09:07 +0000 Karen DeWitt 25270 at http://wrvo.org Assembly Speaker Silver says he welcomes ethics probe http://wrvo.org/post/assembly-speaker-silver-says-he-welcomes-ethics-probe <p>A rare apology from one of New York’s most powerful Democratic leaders regarding a payout to alleged victims of sexual harassment is raising even more questions at the state Capitol. Meanwhile, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says he welcomes an impending ethics probe. &nbsp; Thu, 30 Aug 2012 13:06:16 +0000 Karen DeWitt 25197 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo defends ethics panel decision on retroactivity http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-defends-ethics-panel-decision-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 http://wrvo.org New disclosure rules won't include past donors http://wrvo.org/post/new-disclosure-rules-wont-include-past-donors <p>A New York state ethics board has ruled that lobby groups, including one closely allied with Governor Andrew Cuomo, will not have to retroactively disclose their donors. The proposed new regulations will require that in the future, contributions of over $5000 for the Committee to Save New York and other groups will have to be made public.<br />&nbsp; Wed, 01 Aug 2012 13:51:07 +0000 Karen DeWitt 23488 at http://wrvo.org State Senate forum questions status of big business advocacy group http://wrvo.org/post/state-senate-forum-questions-status-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 http://wrvo.org Committee to Save New York controversy overshadows ethics hearing http://wrvo.org/post/committee-save-new-york-controversy-overshadows-ethics-hearing <p>A lobbying group closely associated with Governor Andrew Cuomo was the elephant in the room during a hearing by the state ethics commission on new rules for donor disclosure.</p><p> Fri, 08 Jun 2012 14:18:24 +0000 Karen DeWitt 20627 at http://wrvo.org Committee to Save New York controversy overshadows ethics hearing Ethics committee holds hearing Thursday amid questions about lobby group http://wrvo.org/post/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 http://wrvo.org Joint Commission on Public Ethics meets behind closed doors http://wrvo.org/post/joint-commission-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 http://wrvo.org Appointments for the Joint Commission on Public Ethics http://wrvo.org/post/appointments-joint-commission-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 http://wrvo.org