Issues: Elections

Senate Democratic Conference Calls For Passage Of Critical Ethics Reform To Close The “LLC Loophole” Press Conference

(Albany - April 27th) Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Senator Daniel Squadron, sponsor of the bill, held a news conference to push for legislation to tighten campaign finance regulations and close the LLC donation gap. Representatives from organizations such as the Brennan Center and Citizens Action, Citizen Union, Common Cause, League of Women Voters, and NYPIRG also support the bill. Senator Stewart-Cousins said almost every day new allegations of abuse and corruption are leveled at state government.

April 29, 2015
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ASSEMBLYMEMBER KAVANAGH, SENATOR SQUADRON STATEMENT ON ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ADVANCING BILL TO CLOSE "LLC LOOPHOLE"

ALBANY – Today, Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh and State Senator Daniel Squadron released the following statement regarding the vote to close the "LLC loophole" at a meeting of the Assembly Election Law Committee:

April 29, 2015
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Senator Comrie's remarks at the Senate Standing Committee on Elections re: Closing the LLC Loophole

Senator Comrie and the Senate Democratic Conference called on the Senate Republicans in the Elections Committee to pass legislation that will close the LLC loophole and help clean up Albany.  Senate Bill S.60 would close a loophole which currently allows limited liability companies (LLCs) to contribute vast sums of money to candidates for state office. Due to this loophole in state election law, between 2005 and 2013, LLCs contributed over $40 million to New York State candidates, parties and political action committees. This legislation would close that loophole and reduce the contribution limit for both LLCs and corporations to $1,000 annually.

April 28, 2015
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SENATOR SQUADRON, ASSEMBLYMEMBER KAVANAGH STATEMENT ON SENATE ELECTIONS CMTE VOTE TO CLOSE "LLC LOOPHOLE"

ALBANY – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron and Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh released the following statement regarding the vote to close the "LLC loophole" at today's Senate Elections Committee meeting:

April 28, 2015
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SENATE DEMOCRATIC CONFERENCE CALLS FOR PASSAGE OF CRITICAL ETHICS REFORM TO CLOSE THE "LLC LOOPHOLE"

Democratic Senator Daniel Squadron Will Today Force A Committee Vote to Close the LLC Loophole and Reform How Campaigns are Funded

ALBANY - The Senate Democratic Conference today called on the Senate Republicans in the Elections Committee to pass legislation that will close the LLC loophole and help clean up Albany. Due to Republican refusal to even consider this critical legislation, Democratic Senator Daniel Squadron filed a motion for committee consideration to simply have this ethics reform initiative discussed by the Senate Elections Committee. Today’s vote on the legislation in the Senate Elections Committee follows decisions in recent weeks by Republicans in both the State Legislature and the Board of Elections to keep the loophole open.

April 28, 2015
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Kennedy: With Elections Committee Approval, Now Is The Time For A Full Senate Vote to Close LLC Loophole

Legislation Closing the Notorious “LLC Loophole” Approved This Afternoon by State Senate Elections Committee, Prevents Donors from Circumventing Donation Limits 

Kennedy Calls Loophole “Big Enough to Drive a Brinks Truck Through”

April 27, 2015
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Media Advisory: Senate Democratic Conference Renews Push To Close The LLC Loophole

The Senate Democratic Conference will announce a renewed effort to close the LLC Loophole.

April 27, 2015
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Committee Meeting: Elections Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Elections  Senator Rich Funke, Chair  1:00 PM, Monday, April 27, 2015  Room 904 LOB

The NYS Commissioners Association will be in attendance to give a quick overview of what they do. Speaking will be Dustin Czarny, Legislative Committee Chair, Dutchess County Board of Elections and Roger Schiera, Saratoga County Board of Elections.  Please note the following bills have been placed on the agenda pursuant to Senate Rule VIII, §3(e) - Motion for Committee Consideration:  S60

April 27, 1:00 PM - 1:33 PM
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SENATOR SQUADRON, ASSEMBLYMEMBER KAVANAGH STATEMENT ON BOE'S REFUSAL TO CLOSE "LLC LOOPHOLE" AT TODAY'S MEETING

MANHATTAN – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron and Assemblymember Kavanagh released the following statement regarding the New York State Board of Elections' refusal to close the "LLC loophole" at today's meeting:

April 16, 2015
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BUILDING A BRIGHTER FUTURE FOR NEW YORK STATE

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column 

April 6, 2015
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SQUADRON FILES TO FORCE COMMITTEE VOTE ON BILL TO CLOSE "LLC LOOPHOLE"

LLCs Would No Longer Be "People" in NYS Elections

Squadron: Unlimited, Anonymous Contributions Pervert the Entire System

NEW YORK – State Senator Daniel Squadron has filed a motion to force a committee vote this legislative session to close New York's infamous "LLC Loophole." His bill to enact this ethics reform (S.60), also sponsored by Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh, has been stalled in the Republican-led Senate, pushing Squadron to use a procedural rule to force the legislation to be considered this legislative session. This "Motion for Committee Consideration" requires the bill to be considered in the Senate Elections Committee within 45 days.

March 17, 2015
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Gov. Cuomo: No Ethics Reform, No Budget

By Bill Carey

Monday, February 9, 2015 at 03:01 PM EST

The downfall of State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has led to a call for new reforms in state government, a campaign that could lead to a budget impasse. As Bill Carey reports, lawmakers believe they can avoid a budget stalemate by reaching a deal with the governor before the April 1 deadline.

Governor Andrew Cuomo has been on the road to warn that timely budgets are less important than a trustworthy government in Albany.

March 2, 2015
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SENATOR GEORGE AMEDORE INTRODUCES LEGISLATION TO ESTABLISH TERM LIMITS FOR STATE LEGISLATORS

Senator George Amedore has introduced legislation (S.3808) that would impose term limits for members of the New York State Senate and Assembly. Under the bill, members of the Legislature would be ineligible to serve more than six two-year terms in either the Assembly or Senate. The legislation would go into effect in January 2017.

 

“Holding office is a civic duty, and a way of giving back to the community in the form of public service,” said Senator Amedore. “New voices and ideas will help to keep our government innovative and responsive to the people, while bringing fresh perspective to the issues that plague our state, including the high cost of living and the need for good-paying jobs to revitalize our economy.”

 

February 19, 2015
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Skelos: The IDC-GOP Coalition Remains In Place

JAN 13TH - 12:43 PM

Posted by Nick Reisman

Even though Independent Democratic Conference Leader Jeff Klein was largely stripped of the power and title he held for the last two years, Republican Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos insisted in an interview there would be little change in how the chamber functions.

“As we go through the legislative session, you’re going to see it’s going to be very similar to the way it was for the last four years,” Skelos said.

The Senate last week adopted rules that made Skelos, a Long Island Republican, the majority leader once again as well as temporary president of the chamber.

January 23, 2015
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FUNKE EARNS FIRST COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS

 

Senator to serve as Chair of the Elections Committee, Vice-Chair of the Select Committee on Science, Technology, Incubation & Entrepreneurship

 

Senator Rich Funke today announced he has earned a seat on five separate New York State Senate committees that reflect the diverse strengths and priorities of the 55th Senate District.

January 23, 2015
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Valesky on IDC, Republican NY Senate coalition: 'Continuing to do what works'

By Teri Weaver on January 08, 2015 at 5:17 PM, updated January 08, 2015 at 5:18 PM

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Without last year's power-sharing arrangement between the New York State Senate and breakaway Democrats, it's hard to imagine that allowing marijuana for medical use would now be state law, according to Sen. David Valesky.

"You can't say if there wasn't a coalition, it wouldn't have happened," Valesky, D-Oneida, said. "But I think you can say, absent the coalition as it existed last year, I feel comfortable saying that it is highly unlikely that that statute would be on the books now."

January 12, 2015
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GOP takes full control of NY Senate, but retains 'coalition' with Valesky, IDC

By Teri Weaver on January 07, 2015 at 2:52 PM, updated January 07, 2015 at 2:55 PM

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Republicans officially took full control of the New York State Senate today, but they committed to continuing a special, if not equal, relationship with a small group of breakaway Democrats including Sen. David Valesky, D-Oneida.

Sen. Dean Skekos, R-Rockville Centre, was re-elected as the Republican's majority leader, an expected move that puts him in charge of the Albany chamber.

But the Independent Democratic Conference still has advantages over a larger group of mainstream Democrats.

January 12, 2015
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Griffo & Brindisi Take the Oath of Office with Middle School Students Observing

For The Second Time, Two Mohawk Valley State Legislators Hold a Ceremony to Give Children a Real-Life Civics Lesson

WHITESBORO -  State Senator Joseph Griffo, a Rome Republican and Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi, a Utica Democrat may belong to different political parties, but for the second time, the two state legislators were sworn in at a public school in the Mohawk Valley, to give students and members of the public a chance to ask questions about the political process.

January 8, 2015
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Libous: IDC To Be ‘Respected’ In New Rules

JAN 6TH - 6:05 PM

Posted by Nick Reisman in State Senate

The state Senate’s new rules will grant some power to the breakaway Independent Democratic Conference, but also acknowledge that Republicans control the chamber, Deputy Senate Republican Leader Tom Libous on Tuesday said.

“I think it will be a good working relationship,” Libous said. “It will be a positive one. I think once the rules are finally adopted, it will show Republicans control the chamber, but the IDC will be respected and have a lot to say.”

January 8, 2015
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Senator Catharine Young Takes Oath Of Office

Begins Her Fifth Full Term Representing The Southern Tier

 

OLEAN – On January 2, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) took her oath of office to begin her fifth full term serving the residents of Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, and Livingston Counties.

 

January 7, 2015
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