Issues: Ethics

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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Historic Ethics Reform Legislation Passes Senate with Independent Democratic Conference Support

The Independent Democratic Conference joined their colleagues in the Senate 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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SENATOR RITCHIE VOTES FOR HISTORIC ETHICS REFORM

Bill Will Help Restore Confidence in New York’s Government, Future

State Senator Patty Ritchie voted today for an historic ethics reform bill to help restore the public’s trust in their government.

“If we want to encourage businesses to locate in New York and convince existing businesses to remain and create more jobs here, we need to continue our efforts to bring real reform and change to Albany,” Senator Ritchie said.

June 13, 2011
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Senator Gianaris Opening Remarks at Independent Redistricting Forum

Senator Gianaris made opening remarks at the New York State Senate and Assembly Democrats joint-forum on redistricting, which was held on June 7.

June 13, 2011
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Lo Que Usted Debe Saber

13 de Junio de 2011

PARA PUBLICACIÓN INMEDIATA

 

Lo Que Usted Debe Saber

El Senador Rev. Rubén Díaz publicó la siguiente declaración:

“Es terrible ver la forma doble de juzgar que usa la Oficina del Procurador General Eric Schneiderman cuando se trata de la supuesta corrupción de los funcionarios electos y las personas que contribuyen con su dinero a su campaña contra la forma en que tratan al Gobernador del Estado de Nueva York y sus donantes.

 

June 13, 2011
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Equal Treatment?

June 13, 2011

For Immediate Release

Equal Treatment?

By Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz

It's just appalling to see the double standard used by the Office of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman when dealing with alleged corruption by elected officials who serve as legislators and his or her donors versus the way he deals with the New York's Governor and his donors.

When an elected official is accused of favoritism in assigning funds to community groups in his or her district or helping a friend who donates to his or her campaign, the office of the Attorney General and the press will immediately call for an investigation and such elected official or community group will be accused of hanky panky.

June 13, 2011
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Gallivan Co-Sponsored Ethics Bill Passes Senate

Public Integrity Reform Act Creates Powerful New Oversight Commission, Requires Financial Disclosure

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – 59th District) announced today that the New York State Senate overwhelmingly passed the sweeping ethics reform legislation announced last week.

The reform package, titled The Public Integrity Reform Act of 2011, includes measures requiring lawmakers to disclose their outside income, any clients with business before the state and other financial interests. It also creates a stronger oversight entity for elected officials and lobbyists, and calls for the forfeiture of public pensions for officials who commit crimes related to their public office; among other reforms.

June 13, 2011
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Governor Cuomo Announces Agreement on Historic Ethics Reform

June 9, 2011
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STATEMENT FROM NYS SENATOR JOSEPH P. ADDABBO, JR.ON ANNOUNCEMENT OF ETHICS REFORM AGREEMENT

Queens, NY, June 8, 2011NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. released the following statement on the agreement reached between Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the NYS Legislature on ethics reform: 

June 8, 2011
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Peralta Statement on Ethics Reform

Statement From State Senator Jose R. Peralta on Ethics Reform Agreement

"This agreement sends a clear message to taxpayers, voters and all New Yorkers about the commitment of the governor and legislature to reform and better government," said State Senator Jose R. Peralta.  "We're taking a significant step toward beginning to restore at least some level of public confidence in state government."

June 7, 2011
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Statement by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos on the Public Integrity Reform Act of 2011

"We're pleased that the Governor is handing up this program bill today, and look forward to strengthening New York's ethics laws for those who serve in both the State Legislature and the Executive branch. As a result of this historic ethics reform agreement, which was the result of months of hard work, we've taken another step forward in restoring the public's trust in its government. I thank the Governor and the Speaker, and Senators Lanza, Flanagan and Hannon, for their commitment to achieving a positive result for all New Yorkers."

June 7, 2011
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Redistricting reform down to the wire

The Legislative Gazette wrote an article about redistricting reform and the fact that a majority of New Yorkers support a nonpartisan redistricting process.

A Quinnipiac University poll released last Thursday indicates a majority of New Yorkers think creating a nonpartisan redistricting process for drawing state Senate, Assembly and Congressional lines is important, and those who have fought in Albany for years to achieve that end think it is closer than ever. However, a possible early primary next year could mean reform would have to be passed sooner, rather than later, to make a difference in the 2012 redistricting process.

June 7, 2011
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Senator Kennedy Releases Statement on Ethics Reform Agreement

Details of agreement on ethics reform announced at Monday press conference 

ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, released the following statement regarding the ethics reform agreement that Governor Cuomo announced Monday afternoon. 

“Over the past 10 years, more Albany politicians have been indicted or have resigned amid scandal than have lost general election. Western New Yorkers are sick and tired of seeing elected officials dragged out of office in handcuffs.  Cleaning up Albany has been a top priority for me, and I’m very pleased that an agreement on ethics reform has finally been reached.

June 6, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE BACKS ETHICS REFORM

During my conversations with the people of Central and Northern New York,they have made it very clear that they wanted real change in Albany. They wanted to clean up the dysfunction and corruption that has made New York State a poster child for what was wrong with government in America.

June 6, 2011
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BONACIC: ETHICS AGREEMENT IS FINE ON PAPER; BUT ONLY TIME WILL TELL IF IT LIVES UP TO ITS NAME

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/C/I – Mt. Hope), today stated he would vote for the ethics reform legislation announced by Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.  The legislation is named the “The Clean Up Albany Act of 2011.”

The terms of the ethic agreement include: 

June 6, 2011
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Senator Skelos' Statement on Ethics Reform Agreement

I am pleased to be part of this historic ethics reform agreement, and want to thank Governor Cuomo, Speaker Silver and Senators Lanza, Hannon and Flanagan for their hard work in putting this package together. After passing an on-time, fiscally responsible budget and reaching an agreement on a property tax cap, this ethics agreement signals that we've taken another step in restoring the public's trust in their government. Last year, Senate Republicans said we could do better than the ethics bill that was presented to the Legislature and ultimately vetoed by the previous governor, and today we have done so.

June 3, 2011
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Last Ditch Push On Redistricting

Gotham Gazette wrote about ReShape NY's Lobby Day event to push for redistricting, which Senator Gianaris attended. Senator Gianaris said, "Promises were made and it is time those promises were kept. Now is the time to discover who is a genuine Hero of Reform and who was just spouting empty campaign rhetoric."

June 2, 2011
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Ethics Reform Petition Attempt Fails

NY Daily News

The Daily Politics

May 25, 2011 11:58 AM

BY Ken Lovett

In a result that surprised no one, Sen. Daniel Squadron and other Dems fell short in their attempt to petition four reform bills on to floor of the Senate for a vote.

As the Daily Politics previously reported, Squadron reached out to all 54 senators who signed a pledge for ethics reform asking they sign the bill petitions. Signatures from two-thirds of the chamber, or 38 senators, would be needed to bypass the regular process of bringing legislation to the floor for a vote.

May 26, 2011
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Ball Spearheads Ethics Reform, "Leibell Package"

Ball says, "Time to cleanup Albany's playpen of money laundering."

BREWSTER, NY- Senator Greg Ball (R, C-Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess) announced today his anti-public corruption legislative package, dubbed by some as the “Leibell Reforms,” which includes S4794, legislation creating new standards, strengthens ethics requirements and increases transparency regarding community projects grants, commonly known as "member-items,” as well as S3817 legislation requiring that pension rights be forfeited, when a public employee is convicted of certain crimes related to public employment.

May 24, 2011
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Senator Greg Ball's Statement On Sentencing of Former Senator Liebell

BREWSTER NY, (May 13, 2011)- Senator Greg Ball (R, 40th District –Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess), released a statement today following the sentencing of former Senator Vincent Liebell, a Patterson Republican who pleaded guilty earlier this year to obstruction of justice and tax evasion. Senator Liebell formally occupied the 40th district Senate seat, now held by Ball.

May 24, 2011
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