Issues: Ethics

Senator Krueger to NYT: Public Officials Should Be Held to Higher Standard

Retiring Nicely After Betraying Public’s Trust

By CLYDE HABERMAN

Guy J. Velella, a former state senator from the Bronx who died last week, was bidden farewell at a funeral service on Monday. His legacy, however, lives on. Among other things, Mr. Velella will be remembered for having turned a career of public service into one of public shame by taking bribes and going to jail for his corruption.

He will also be remembered as someone who pocketed public money even after pleading guilty in 2004. Every year, his conscience unburdened, Mr. Velella collected a state pension of more than $75,000. “The law says I’ve earned it,” he told The Daily News a few months ago. “I’m entitled to it. I take it.”

February 1, 2011
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DiNapoli Seeks Law to Strip Convicted Lawmakers of Pensions

By Cara Matthews

ALBANY -- Public officials convicted of corruption would be stripped of their pension benefit under legislation introduced Friday by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.

New York has long been criticized for allowing convicted lawmakers -- even those sentenced to prison -- to collect their public pensions. But the state constitution prohibits reducing or taking away benefits from any current official or public servant.

DiNapoli's proposal would skirt the constitutional issue in that it would apply only to future members of the New York State and Local Retirement System who are state or local elected officials, officers and appointees...

January 31, 2011
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When Will We Hear from Our Democratic Leaders about Those Senators

by New York State Senator Reverend Rubén Díaz

Two years ago, Senators Hiram Monserrate, Pedro Espada, Carl Kruger and I formed a group that we called the Four Amigos. We met frequently – not in secret- all believing in transparency in government. We discussed how, as Democrats serving in the Senate Majority, we could initiate much needed change in the Senate to help our constituents. As Senators representing areas with growing Hispanic populations, we knew that our mission was long overdue.

January 26, 2011
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Senator Díaz Calls for Complete Transparency in Ethics Legislation

Albany, NY – State Senator Rubén Díaz today called for complete transparency in any ethics legislation that the Senate and Assembly may consider during the current session.

“When the last ethics bill was considered by the Senate, I was the only Senator who voted ‘no’.

“Why? Because the bill would have required transparency for everyone but the attorneys, and we all know the attorneys are the ones who make the big bucks.

January 24, 2011
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No Reason to Wait: Senator Krueger & Senate Democrats Introduce Sweeping Bipartisan Rules Reforms

For Immediate Release: January 18, 2011

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

 

(Albany, NY) Building on their commitment to immediately adopt Mayor Koch’s reform pledge for independent redistricting, ethics and budget reform, Senator Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) Senate Democrats called on all 62 members to join them in immediately passing a sweeping rules reform resolution that would protect historic reforms passed in the Senate in 2009, and take additional proposals from both Republicans and Democrats to create a more fair, deliberative, and accountable Senate.

 

January 19, 2011
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January 14, 2011
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All Senators And Staff To Take Ethics Training

New York Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos today announced that he will require all Senators and Senate staff to participate in ethics training in conjunction with the Legislative Ethics Commission.  The training will have to be completed by all Senators and Senate employees by April 1, 2011."I'm confident that we have built a top-notch team in the State Senate that will work directly with the members of this body to achieve great things for New York, including lower taxes and spending, and more good-paying private sector jobs,” Senator Skelos said.

January 11, 2011
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Senate “Heroes of Reform” Say: Keep Your Promise: Pass the Pledge

Senate Reformers Urge New Yorkers to Join the Call for Immediate Action on Mayor Koch’s New York Uprising Heroes of Reform Pledge

(Albany, NY) - On the first day of State Senate session, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (35th District – D/I/WF) and Senators designated “Heroes of Reform” by Mayor Ed Koch called on Majority Leader Dean Skelos and Senate leadership today to keep their promise and pass Mayor Koch’s “New York Uprising Heroes of Reform” pledge as the Senate’s first order of business in the New Year.

January 10, 2011
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Mayor Koch, Senate “Heroes of Reform” Call on Senate to Pass NY Uprising Reform Bills as First Order of Business in January

For Immediate Release: December 20, 2010

Austin Shafran | austinshafran@gmail.com | 917-417-3711

 

Mayor Koch, Senate “Heroes of Reform” Call on Senate to Pass NY Uprising Reform Bills as First Order of Business in January

“Heroes” Unveil Comprehensive Reform Legislation to Fulfill NY Uprising Campaign Pledge and Commitments to Leading Civic Orgs

Bills on Ethics, Budget, Redistricting Part of Wide-Ranging Plan to Clean Up Albany

53 of 62 Members of Incoming Senate Signed Pledge Before Election

December 20, 2010
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STATEMENT FROM SENATOR DIANE J. SAVINO ON THE NYC OTB REORGANIZATION LEGISLATION

“I am deeply disappointed in today’s refusal, on the part of certain members of the State Senate, to put decency and common sense before playing politics.  “In saying ‘no’ to saving the New York City Off-Track Betting Corporation, they said no to the more than 1,000 workers who are now left jobless, smack dab in the middle of the holiday season. They said no to millions of dollars worth of revenue that the entire state benefits from.  They said no to the thousands of other jobs and industries—throughout the state—that are created and fueled by the New York City OTB.   “Instead they voted yes to partisanship and political grandstanding, and the unfortunate victims are taxpayers and the hundreds of workers who are now unemployed.” 

December 7, 2010
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Senator Krueger Calls for Gov Paterson to Sign Hydrofracking Moratorium Legislation

Yesterday, just 24 hours after it was sent to the Governor for his signature, Senator Liz Krueger sent the following letter to Governor Paterson urging him to sign the Hydrofracking Moratorium Bill previously passed by the State Senate and recently passed by the Assembly (S8129-B / A11443-B).

 

Dear Governor Paterson:

I am writing to urge you to sign S.8129-B / A.11443-B, legislation that will place a moratorium on gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale until May 15, 2011. As a co-sponsor of this legislation, I support this moratorium so that we may have more time to properly vet a controversial process that has been connected to disastrous effects in other States.

December 3, 2010
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Public Hearing: NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING: Impact of member item reduction on small and mid-size not-for-profit community based organizations

This is a The New York Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus Member Item Reduction Impact on Small and Mid-size Not-for-profit Community-based Organizations Event. You can read the document in the embed below or download the file at the bottom of the page.

New York State Senate Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative CaucusChair: Senator Ruth Hassell-ThompsonPublic Hearing: Impact of member item reduction on small and mid-size not-for-profit community based organizationsPlace: Senate Hearing Room, 250 Broadway, 19th Floor, New York, New YorkTime: 10:00 A.M.Contact: Jamar S. Hooks (518) 455-5347Media Contact: Lisa King (518) 455-2401ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

October 20, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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The New York Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus Public Policy Agenda Report

This is a The New York Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus Public Policy Agenda Report. You can read the document in the embed below or download the file at the bottom of the page.

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Public Policy Agenda Report

October 8, 2010
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The New York Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus 2010 Calendar

This is a The New York Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus 2010 Calendar. You can read the document in the embed below or download the file at the bottom of the page.

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October 8, 2010
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The New York Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus 2009-10 Budget Equity XIX Report

This is a The New York Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus 2009-10 Budget Equity XIX Report. You can read the document in the embed below or download the file at the bottom of the page.

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October 8, 2010
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The New York Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

This is a The New York Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. This tribute is to Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Isabel Allende, Oscar De La Hoya and Cesar Chavez. Thank you for paving the way. You can read the document in the embed below or download the file at the bottom of the page.

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Tribute and Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month.pdf

October 8, 2010
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New York Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus Celebrating Black History 365 Days a Year

This is The New York Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus Celebrating Black History 365 Days a Year. This tribute is to Shirley Chisholm, Percy Sutton and Rosa Parks. Thank you for paving the way. You can read the document in the embed below or download the file at the bottom of the page.

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October 8, 2010
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