Issues: Ethics

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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Fred Dicker Live from the State Capitol - Interview with Senator Squadron

By Fred Dicker

Senator Squadron appreared on Fred Dicker's radio show to discuss ethics reform efforts. 

May 18, 2011
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May 17, 2011
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State elections

Redistricting, calendar up in the air

State lawmakers' penchant for procrastination could leave up to the courts key decisions governing the 2012 elections.

In the coming months, the Legislature has to confront two vexing issues: redistricting and changes to the start of the election cycle to comply with federal law. However, lawmakers have yet to act on either one individually, and a convergence of the two will make it even more difficult to resolve either in the coming weeks.

May 17, 2011
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N.Y. redistricting talks bog down

Ithaca Journal wrote an article about redistricting reform. We must to rally together in order to get this inportant reform passed.

ALBANY -- With just five weeks to go before the Legislature breaks for the summer, talk at the Capitol has been driven by Gov. Andrew Cuomo's legislative priorities: a property tax cap, an ethics overhaul and legalizing gay marriage.

Noticeably absent, however, has been much talk on redistricting reform, a major campaign issue that garnered significant attention earlier this session, but is still unresolved.

May 16, 2011
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Sen. Daniel Squadron Petitions for Ethics Reform

NY Daily News

Daily Politics

May 11, 2011 12:29 PM

BY Ken Lovett

Sen. Daniel Squadron’s is now petitioning his fellow senators to allow a Senate Democratic ethics reform package to the floor for a vote.

Squadron sent a letter to his fellow senators on both sides of the aisle noting that a petition containing the signatures of 3/5 of the body can guarantee a bill moves to the floor.

The letter mentions how 54 senators during the campaign signed pledges supporting ethics reform, far more than the 38 votes needed for the petition.

May 12, 2011
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Senate Dems host ethics forum

Legislative Gazette

May 12, 2011
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State Senate Democrats urge ethics reform

WNYT.com

Posted at: 05/04/2011 4:51 PM Updated at: 05/04/2011 7:13 PM By: Bill Lambdin

ALBANY - With less than two months left in this year's scheduled legislative session, Senate Democrats staged a public hearing trying to pressure majority Republicans to move on ethics reform.

"Push to ensure that something happens this year and to ensure that if and when it does, we really know and are able to measure it against what should be happening," said Senator Daniel Squadron (D - New York City).

Democrats are advocating changes in five major areas: an independent commission to police ethics with neither the Governor nor anyone else able to dominate appointments.

May 6, 2011
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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

WXXI

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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