Issues: Ethics

Gov. Cuomo must stand firm against Legislature's moves toward the same old partisan redistricting

The Daily News editorialized on the need for passage of an independent, nonpartisan redistrcting panel.

Defying one of Gov. Cuomo's key goals for reforming Albany, the Legislature is gearing up to shamelessly gerrymander election districts so as to protect incumbents and preserve power.

In his winning campaign, Cuomo rightly backed nonpartisan redistricting as critical to breaking the bossism that cows individual lawmakers and makes them less accountable to voters.

But now, as the time approaches for drawing the lines based on the results of the 2010 census, the Legislature has set up a commission that is steamrolling toward doing the job its way.

July 11, 2011
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Senator Gianaris interview on YNN's Capitol Tonight

Senator was on YNN's Capital Tonight with Liz Benjamin to discuss the NY-9 race and the continued need for a nonpartisan redistricting process.

July 8, 2011
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Watchdog Groups Call For Independent Redistricting

Politics on the Hudson wrote about the need for the Legislature to return to session to approve independent redistricting, in light of the first public meeting of the Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment (LATFOR).

Remember independent redistricting?

After Gov. Andrew Cuomo scored legislative victories last month, there’s one glaring piece of unfinished piece: establishing an independent panel to draw district lines in 2012. Cuomo wants it done, but Senate Republicans balked and they left town without considering it.

But the issue will take center stage today when the Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment (LATFOR) holds its first public meeting this morning in Albany.

July 6, 2011
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Statement On 2011 Legislative Session

ALBANY, 06/23/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today commented on the close of the 2011 legislative session:

“Albany is functioning again and a number of my top priorities were realized during the 2011 legislative session as a result.  The prime focus was on economic issues – improving the bottom line for families, individuals and seniors and enhancing growth opportunities for our small businesses – and the accomplishments are evident.

June 24, 2011
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Senate Approves Montgomery-Sponsored Legislation to Increase Transparency on Albany’s Spending Practices

Montgomery Bill Sheds Light on Government SpendingSenate Approves Montgomery-Sponsored Legislation to Increase Transparency on Albany’s Spending Practices

To ensure public money is spent wisely, Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn) passed legislation (S.372-A/A.7993-A) requiring state offices and agencies to report and justify how taxpayer dollars are spent.  Increasing transparency, accountability and openness of state spending allows the public to hold Albany accountable to the taxpayers’ needs.

June 24, 2011
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Senator Gallivan on the end of 2011 Senate Session

Senator Patrick Gallivan comments on 2011 New York State Senate session accomplishments. 

June 23, 2011
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Legislative Report with Senator John Bonacic

Senator John Bonacic discusses End of Session negotians; the Governor's Ethics Legislation, his Wawarsing Flood Bill, the MTA Payroll Tax repeal legislation and his "Move Over" Bill.

June 20, 2011
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Sen. Squadron Talks Ethics Bill with Capital Tonight's Liz Benjamin

Senator Dan Squadron had been pushing for several of the reforms included in the ethics bill passed by the Senate and Assembly this week.

June 17, 2011
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Riverdale Press: Sen. Espaillat Calls the Public Integrity Reform Act of 2011 "A Strong Start"

Ethics Bill Not The Whole Package, Says Pol

June 15, 2011

By Adam Wisnieski

It’s not perfect, but it’s a step in the right direction.

That was the general reaction from local elected officials on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 113-page ethics bill, which passed the Senate and Assembly on Monday.

June 17, 2011
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Senator Robach Makes Remarks on Floor Regarding Ethics Legislation

On Tuesday, June 14th, the New York State Senate passed the Public Integrity Reform Act of 2011. Senator Robach make remarks on the floor when the act came to a vote. The details of this legislation are below.

 

SENATE PASSES PUBLIC INTEGRITY REFORM ACT OF 2011

 

The New York State Senate today passed major ethics reform legislation, entitled the Public Integrity Reform Act of 2011. The measure, which is sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos, represents a three-way agreement with the Assembly and Governor Andrew Cuomo, and is a significant step toward restoring the public’s trust in government.

 

June 16, 2011
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Senator Ball Applauds Ethics Reform

“Corrupt public officials should not be supported by the taxpayers they defrauded”

Albany, N.Y. – (06/13/11) – Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) is applauding the passage of an ethics reform bill created to clean-up the climate of corruption in Albany. The ethics package (S5679/A8301), which includes Senator Ball’s so-called “Liebell Reforms,” will now strip public officials of their pension if they are convicted of a felony while on the job.

June 15, 2011
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Statement on Passage of Historic Ethics Legislation

“This ethics bill is a victory for the people of New York who for years have been calling on Albany to reform the way it does business. When I came to the Senate in 2007, I pledged to restore integrity to the Capital, and this bill takes a meaningful step toward doing just that. By strengthening campaign finance laws, requiring greater disclosure of income, placing new restrictions on lobbyists, and requiring corrupt public officials to forfeit their pensions, we are making New York’s government more fair and accountable to the people it serves. While this legislation is not perfect, I am pleased that it moves our State forward to a more transparent and responsible system of government.”

June 14, 2011
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BONACIC: THE SENATE PASSES GOVERNOR’S ETHICS BILL

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/C/I – Mt. Hope), today stated that the Senate passed the ethics reform legislation announced by Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. 

June 14, 2011
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LaValle: Senate, Assembly Pass Ethics Reform

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R,C- Port Jefferson) announced the passage of major ethics reform legislation, entitled the Public Integrity Reform Act of 2011. The bill passed both houses of the legisalture on June 13.

“The measure represents a three-way agreement with the Assembly and Governor Andrew Cuomo, and is a significant step toward restoring the public’s trust in government,” LaValle said.

June 14, 2011
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ADDABBO STATEMENT ON ETHICS REFORM BILL: THE PUBLIC INTEGRITY REFORM ACT OF 2011

Queens, NY, June 14, 2011 –  NYS Senator Joseph Addabbo, Jr., (D-Queens) released the following statement on the ethics reform bill passed yesterday: 

June 14, 2011
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Public Integrity Reform Act of 2011

The New York State Senate today passed major ethics reform legislation, entitled the Public Integrity Reform Act of 2011. The measure represents a three-way agreement with the Assembly and Governor Andrew Cuomo, and is a significant step toward restoring the public’s trust in government.

June 14, 2011
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Senator Kennedy Announces Passage of Comprehensive Ethics Reform Legislation

Kennedy co-sponsors legislation, bill passes Senate by a vote of 61-0

ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, announced the New York State Senate has passed comprehensive ethics reform legislation, which takes steps to finally bring real change to Albany.

The Public Integrity Reform Act of 2011 – which Senator Kennedy co-sponsored – unanimously passed the Senate by a vote of 61-0. The Assembly also passed the legislation, which now awaits the Governor’s signature to become law.

June 13, 2011
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HISTORIC ETHICS REFORM LEGISLATION PASSES SENATE WITH SENATOR VALESKY, IDC SUPPORT

Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) and his fellow members of The Independent Democratic Conference joined their colleagues in the Senate and the Assembly today to pass a comprehensive ethics reform package that strengthens oversight of the State Legislature, increases transparency, and helps restore the public's faith in their state government. 

June 13, 2011
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Senate Passes Public Integrity Reform Act of 2011

The New York State Senate today passed major ethics reform legislation, entitled the Public Integrity Reform Act of 2011.  The measure, which is sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos, represents a three-way agreement with the Assembly and Governor Andrew Cuomo, and is a significant step toward restoring the public’s trust in government.  

June 13, 2011
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