Issues: Ethics

Sen. Squadron Discusses Ethics Reform

YNN: Capitol Tonight

5/4/11

Liz Benjamin

Unable to get the support of Senate Republicans for a hearing, the Senate Democrats held a public forum instead on Wednesday and invited the public to watch online and also submit questions via twitter and facebook. Brooklyn Democrat Daniel Squadron explains their effort.

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May 6, 2011
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Senate Dems to Hold Interactive Ethics Forum

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Karen DeWitt (2011-05-03)

May 6, 2011
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Senate Dems plan first 'interactive' ethics forum

Associated Press

MAY 3, 2011, 8:49 A.M. ET

ALBANY, N.Y. — New Yorkers long fed up with the behavior of politicians in Albany are expected to get a chance to tweet their opinions on a myriad of bills aimed at cleaning up state government.

New York's Senate Democrats plan what they claim will be the first ethics discussion in Albany in which New Yorkers will be able to comment through the Internet. Wednesday's forum will use a technology that will likely include Twitter to allow New Yorkers statewide to comment on the Democrats' proposals.

The bills include creating a nonpartisan commission to redraw election district lines, stripping convicted elected officials of their pensions, and restricting the use of campaign funds.

May 5, 2011
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Senator Squadron and Senate Democrats to Hold First-Ever Interactive Ethics Forum

For Immediate Release: May 3, 2011

Livestream and audience-tweeted questions empower unprecedented public participation to reform Albany

(Albany, NY) Answering the public’s call for immediate action on ethics reform, Senator Daniel Squadron, joined by members of the Senate Democratic Conference will hold the first ever interactive public forum on ethics reform on Wednesday, May 4th, in Albany.

May 3, 2011
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Senator Squadron and Senate Democrats to Hold Public Forum on Ethics Reform

For Immediate Release: April 28, 2011

 Use Senate Rule VII to Force First Public Forum on Ethics Reform in Almost Two Years

 (Albany, NY) Answering the public’s call for immediate action on ethics reform, Senator Daniel Squadron, joined by members of the Senate Democratic Conference will hold the first public forum on ethics reform in nearly two years on Wednesday, May 4th.

April 28, 2011
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Gianaris Speaks For Reform

Queens Gazette included a photo and blurb on the Democratic Leadership 21st Century Club's forum on redistricting reform, in which Senator Gianaris was the keynote speaker.

On April 20, state Senator Michael Gianaris was the keynote speaker at the forum on redistricting reform, hosted by the Democratic Leadership 21st Century and Common Cause New York. Gianaris discussed the need for immediate redistricting reform, the affects of the 2010 Census results and the importance of an independent redistricting panel.

Check out the full blurb and photo here.

April 27, 2011
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Stain Remover: For the third time in 25 years, Albany attempts to get ethics reform right

NY Capitol News

Andrew J. Hawkins April 25, 2011

After months of bitter dispute, the Cuomo administration and legislative leaders finally reached a deal to strengthen the state’s ethics code. The agreement, which would require more comprehensive financial disclosure statements and ban pay-for-play, was announced just as polling showed the public’s confidence in state government at an all-time low.

“I think we have the seeds of a solution,” the Senate Republican leader told a reporter.

The governor agreed, but with some caveats.

April 26, 2011
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Chronicle article sparks Census probe demand

Queens Chronicle wrote about the letter Senator Gianaris sent to US Attorney Loretta Lynch regarding the severely inaccurate census numbers. We believe there was fraud in how the numbers were obtained.

After reading “Making Sense of the 2010 Census” in the April 14 edition of the Queens Chronicle, state Sen. Mike Gianaris (D-Astoria) has asked the United States Attorney to investigate the Census process.

April 21, 2011
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Speaking at DL21C's "What's the Deal with Redistricting with Senator Gianaris"

Senator Gianaris was the keynote speaker at a forum hosted by Democratic Leadership 21st Century on redistricting reform. "What's the Deal with Redistricting, with Senator Gianaris" was moderated by Andrew Hawkins of City Hall News.

April 21, 2011
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Forum/Town Hall: Senator Gianaris to Speak at Redistricting Forum

Senator Gianaris will speak at the Democratic Leadership for the 21st Century's "What's the Real with Redistricting?"forum. he will discuss the ins and outs of the current redistricting process, the political context of redistricting in the last election, and how current proposals for independent redistricting could help ensure that we are more empowered in our communities.

April 20, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Senator Krueger & Senate Democrats Force Action on Ethics Reform

Petition to Require Public Hearings on Outside Income Disclosure, Stripping Convicted Pols of Pensions and Independent Legislative Oversight

(Albany, NY) Ignoring the overwhelming public support for ethics reform evidenced in recent public polling, Senate Republicans continue to stall negotiations and block progress on this critical legislation even as the Legislature prepares to break for the remainder of April. To break the Albany logjam and deliver the change New Yorkers want, Senate Democrats submitted petitions to force public action on key ethics reform bills.

Answering the public’s call for action, Senate Democrats are seeking to force hearings this month on ethics legislation including:

April 13, 2011
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Our view: State Senate GOP should keep promise

Utica Observer-Dispatch editorialized on redistricting reform and calls on constituents of Senate Republicans to remind them of their promise of reform. Redistricting reform should be passed without delay.

One would suppose that by now we should be used to politicians talking out of both sides of their mouth. Just once it’d be nice to see them actually keep a promise — especially when it’s good for the people.

But alas, redistricting in New York state by independent commission no longer is in the best interest of state Senate Republicans. Ergo, the promise made last year to create an impartial, independent panel on redistricting seems to be kaput.

April 13, 2011
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Statement from Senator Krueger on Frac Fluid Disclosure Bill (S.425) Failing to Move Through Environmental Conservation Committee

For Immediate Release | April 12, 2011

Katie Kincaid | kincaid.nysenate@gmail.com | 646-784-0485

“Once again, an important bill has fallen victim to the intellectually dishonest debate that unfairly pits environmental issues against job creation. My bill (S.425), which today failed to pass through the Environmental Conservation Committee, would implement common sense measures by requiring gas companies to disclose all chemicals used in their hydraulic fracturing fluids and would ban the use of any substances deemed carcinogenic. However, instead of taking critical steps to ensure basic safeguards are put in place to protect all New Yorkers, my Republican colleagues have decided to stall this bill under the false pretense that it will hurt jobs in the upstate area.

April 12, 2011
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Koch: It’s ‘retribution day’ for pledge-jumpers

Capitol Confidential blogged about Ed Koch's robocalls to constituents of legislators who have reneged on their pledge for redistricting reform.

NYUprising’s Ed Koch said “retribution day” had arrived for the 42 lawmakers who signed a pledge to support independent redistricting but have subsequently backed off on that promise.

Out of the 138 elected officials or candidates now in office who signed NYUprising’s pledge before the fall elections, 31 senators and 11 Assembly members have changed their mind — “all are Republicans, save for one Democratic Assembly member,” said Koch, himself a Democrat.

April 12, 2011
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A legal way to fix New York

A Times Union editorial calls on Senator Skelos and Senate Republicans to stop stalling on redistricting reform and pass it now.

Nice try, Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos. Real slick argument, trying to stop the more independent redistricting for the Legislature that you and the other Republicans promised during last year’s campaigns. Now you say that it is unconstitutional.

With a state budget in place, there should be nothing to stop the Legislature from making good on those pledges to change how state government works. That begins with changing the way district boundaries are drawn for the 2012 legislative elections.

April 12, 2011
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New York Times Calls for Reform, Commends Senator Gianaris

Over the weekend the New York Times called for substantial reforms to the way New York State Government funcitons. One of the reforms they highlighted was my  call for independent redistricting.

Check out the full article here

 

 

April 11, 2011
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Groups say governor’s redistricting bill is constitutional

Politics on the Hudson posted an article about Governor Cuomo's redistricting reform bill and how good government groups are saying that it is constitutional, despite what Senate Republicans are saying. It is time to pass redistricting reform to ensure and a fair and nonpartisan process.

A coalition of good-government groups pushing for non-partisan redistricting is refuting claims by Senate Republicans that Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s legislation to set up this process is unconstitutional. ReShapeNY released a legal memo written by the international law firm Weil, Gotshal and Manges LLP to back up its argument.

April 6, 2011
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