troopergate en Cuomo says troopers' "troubled" history is in the past <p>New York’s first graduating class of New York State Police in three years received their diplomas in a ceremony Tuesday. Governor Andrew Cuomo, who spoke at the event, says he hopes some of the recent controversies surrounding New York’s elite police unit is behind them. Wed, 17 Oct 2012 19:03:55 +0000 Karen DeWitt 27671 at Promise of transparency plagues Governor Cuomo <p>Governor Andrew Cuomo began his term in office promising that he would run one of the most transparent and open governments in New York state history. But, eighteen months into his term, news stories relating to Cuomo&#39;s perceived lack of transparency in government have proliferated.<br /> Tue, 31 Jul 2012 15:49:43 +0000 Karen DeWitt 23435 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