Issues: Ethics

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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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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