Issues: Ethics

SENATOR BONACIC'S PLAN TO FIX ALBANY

Like you, I am appalled at some of what I see happening in Albany. That is why I have put party politics aside and worked in a bi-partisan fashion, even against the leaders of my own party, in an effort to clean up Albany.

* I believe that members of the State Legislature who are under investigation for Federal or State criminal violations should not be able to stay in leadership positions in government, and should have the perks of their office taken from them until the investigation is resolved. I was the only Senator to call for the removal of former Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno, when it was announced that Bruno was under Federal investigation.

September 17, 2010
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The New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus

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Custom Committee Members: 

<h2 class="title block title"> Officers:</h2>
<ul>
<li>
<a href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Karim-Camara">Assemblyman
Karim Camara, (Chair)</a>
</li>
<li>
<a href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem?ad=35">Assemblyman
Jeffrion
L. Aubry,<br>
(1st Vice Chairperson)</a>
</li>
<li>
<a href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Walter-T-Mosley">Assemblyman&nbsp;Walter
T.
Mosley, (2nd Vice Chairperson)</a>
</li>
<li>
<a href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Michaelle-C-Solages">Assemblywoman&nbsp;&nbsp;Michaelle
Solages, (Secretary)</a>
</li>
<li>
<a href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Jose-Rivera">Assemblyman&nbsp;Jose
Rivera, (Treasurer)</a>
</li>
<li>
<a href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Francisco-P-Moya">Assemblyman&nbsp;Francisco
P. Moya (Parliamentarian)</a>
</li>
<li>
<a href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Michele-R-Titus">Assemblywoman&nbsp;Michele
R. Titus, (Chaplain)</a>
</li>
</ul>
<h2 class="title block title">
Senate Members:
</h2>
<ul>
<li>
<a href="http://www.nysenate.gov/senator/martin-malave-dilan">Martin
Malave Dilan</a><br>
</li>
<li>
<a href="http://www.nysenate.gov/senator/shirley-l-huntley">Ruth
Hassell-Thompson</a></li>
<li><a
href="http://www.nysenate.gov/senator/adriano-espaillat">Adriano
Espaillat</a></li>
<li>
<a href="http://www.nysenate.gov/senator/velmanette-montgomery">Velmanette
Montgomery</a>
</li>
<li>
<a href="http://www.nysenate.gov/senator/kevin-s-parker">Kevin
S. Parker</a>
</li>
<li>
<a href="http://www.nysenate.gov/senator/jose-peralta">José
R. Peralta</a>
</li>
<li>
<a href="http://www.nysenate.gov/senator/bill-perkins">Bill
Perkins</a>
</li>
<li>
<a href="http://www.nysenate.gov/senator/gustavo-rivera">Gustavo
Rivera</a>
</li>
<li>
<a href="http://www.nysenate.gov/senator/john-l-sampson">John
Sampson</a></li>
<li><a
href="http://www.nysenate.gov/senator/james-sanders-jr">James
Sanders, Jr.</a></li>
<li>
<a href="http://www.nysenate.gov/senator/jose-m-serrano">Jose
M. Serrano</a>
</li>
<li>
<a href="http://www.nysenate.gov/senator/malcolm-smith">Malcolm
A. Smith</a>
</li>
<li>
<a href="http://www.nysenate.gov/senator/andrea-stewart-cousins">Andrea
Stewart-Cousins</a><br>
</li>
</ul>
<h2 class="title block title">
Assembly Members:
</h2>
<ul>
<li>
<a href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Carmen-E-Arroyo">Carmen
E. Arroyo</a></li>
<li><a
href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/William-F-Boyland-Jr">William
F. Boyland, Jr.</a></li>
<li><a href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Barbara-M-Clark">Barbara
M. Clark</a></li>
<li><a href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/?ad=32">Vivian
E. Cook</a></li>
<li><a href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Marcos-A-Crespo">Marcos
A. Crespo</a></li>
<li><a href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Maritza-Davila">Maritza
Davila</a></li>
<li><a
href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Herman-D-Farrell-Jr">Herman
D. Farrell, Jr.</a></li>
<li><a href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/David-F-Gantt">David
F. Gantt</a></li>
<li><a href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Earlene-Hooper">Earlene
Hooper</a></li>
<li><a href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem?ad=83">Carl
E. Heastie</a></li>
<li><a href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Ron-Kim">Ron
Kim</a></li>
<li><a href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Peter-D-Lopez">Peter
D. Lopez</a></li>
<li><a href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Felix-Ortiz">Felix
Ortiz</a></li>
<li><a
href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Crystal-D-Peoples-Stokes">Crystal
D. Peoples-Stokes</a></li>
<li><a href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/N-Nick-Perry">N.
Nick Perry</a></li>
<li><a
href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Victor-M-Pichardo">Victor
M. Pichardo</a></li>
<li><a href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/J-Gary-Pretlow">J.
Gary Pretlow</a></li>
<li><a href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Phil-Ramos">Philip
Ramos</a></li>
<li><a
href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Annette-Robinson">Annette
Robinson</a></li>
<li><a
href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Samuel-D-Roberts">Samuel
D. Roberts</a></li>
<li><a
href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Robert-J-Rodriguez">Robert
J. Rodriguez</a></li>
<li><a href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Gabriela-Rosa">Gabriella
Rosa</a></li>
<li><a href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Nily-Rozic">Nily
Rozic</a></li>
<li><a
href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/William-Scarborough">William
Scarborough</a></li>
<li><a
href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Luis-R-Sepulveda">Luis
Sepulveda</a></li>
<li><a
href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Keith-L-T-Wright">Keith
L.T. Wright</a>
</li>
</ul>

September 16, 2010
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Seward Named "Hero of Reform"

ONEONTA, 08/16/10 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that he has pledged his support to the “New York Uprising” reform agenda and has been named a Hero of Reform by the grassroots effort.

“I have fought for a number of key reforms during my time in the state senate,” said Senator Seward.  “With my support, legislation has been approved to open up the state budget process, create a more transparent senate and clean up Albany.  Unfortunately, over the last two years, one party rule has dominated state government and many of the landmark reforms have been ignored.”    

August 17, 2010
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Senator Suzi Oppenheimer Stands with Women's Advocacy Groups to Urge Governor Paterson to Enact New Protections for Domestic Violence Survivors

While violent crime overall has declined in recent years, violence against loved ones is on the rise.  In 2008, intimate partner homicides increased 25% statewide and 45% in counties outside New York City.  Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck), joined by representatives from the Pace Women’s Justice Center, My Sisters’ Place, Hope’s Door and Legal Services of the Hudson Valley, today called on Governor Paterson to sign into law sweeping legislation to strengthen the rights and protections of domestic violence survivors and increase the criminal penalties for domestic abuse.

August 10, 2010
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Prison Gerrymandering Abolished in New York! Equal Representation For All New Yorkers!

NYS Senator Eric Adams joins NYS Senator Eric Schneiderman and the Majority Conference to pass legislation to end the practice of counting prisoners in the Upstate district of their incarceration

 NYS Senator Eric Adams states: “I have joined Senator Eric Schneiderman and my Majority Conference colleagues to pass legislation that is a triumph for an essential concept of our American democracy: equal representation.

 “Our historic legislation mandates that individuals who are in prisons will be counted in their home communities for the purposes of drawing district lines.

August 4, 2010
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Time For Government Reform Overdue

Reform is a word that is tossed around a lot by elected officials.  By definition the word reform means to change and improve something by correcting faults – hard to argue with that concept.  Looking at our state government, certainly a few faults need to be corrected.  But simply saying you support reform, and making real improvements, are two different things

I have fought for a number of key reforms during my time in the state senate.  With my support, legislation has been approved to open up the state budget process, create a more transparent senate and clean up Albany.  Unfortunately, over the last two years, one party rule has dominated state government and many of the landmark reforms have been ignored.    

July 29, 2010
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Griffo Rips No-Show State Senators in Latest Extraordinary Session

Griffo Rips No-Show State Senators in Latest Extraordinary Session

Senator Joseph A. Griffo (R-IP-C, Rome) today lashed out at the Democratic leadership of the state Senate over the continued stall delaying adoption of the state’s long-overdue budget.

July 29, 2010
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History of The New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus

HISTORY

In 1917, The New York State Assembly elected its first Black American legislator, Mr.Edward A. Johnson, and in 1937 Assemblyman Oscar Garcia Rivera was the first American of Puerto Rican heritage to be elected in the State Assembly. From those small victories, slowly, two became three, three became four, and four became many. Presently the Caucus has a total of 48 members within the State Assembly and Senate.

July 16, 2010
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The People’s Budget Equity XVIII Report

Click on the link below to view the full Equity XVIII Report...

File: 
Budget Euilty XVIII Report.pdf

July 15, 2010
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Gay victims of Stapleton hate crime denounce brutal beating as supporters call for vigilance

Published: Wednesday, July 14, 2010, 6:44 AM    
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Two gay men from Stapleton put the community and their assailants on notice last night: They are not afraid, and justice will be served.
Luis Vieira, 47, and his partner, Richard Vieira, 39, addressed a meeting organized by the Staten Island LGBT Center, Tompkinsville, in response to the brutal beating to which they were subjected last week by a large group of African Americans at the White Castle restaurant on Bay Street.

July 15, 2010
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Senator Krueger & Assemblymember Kellner Propose Governor's Questions Hour

(New York, NY) New legislation introduced by Senator Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) and Assembly Member Micah Z. Kellner (D-Manhattan) will create a Governor’s Questions Hour, opening up debates over the direction of the State to public scrutiny. The bill would require the Governor to stand before the Legislature for an hour each month during the legislative session to answer questions from Senators and Assembly Members, in a televised interaction similar to the British tradition of Prime Minister’s Questions.

May 24, 2010
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Senate to Vote on Groundbreaking Legislation to Create Independent Redistricting Commission

 

Senate Committee Approves Oppenheimer Co-sponsored Bill

May 11, 2010
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Senator Schneiderman, District Attorney Vance, Assemblyman Kellner Announce Major Reforms To Combat Public Corruption

On the eve of Reform Day in the Capitol, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., State Senator Eric Schneiderman and Assembly Member Micah Kellner today announced the introduction of the Public Corruption Prevention and Enforcement Act (S.7707), legislation to both prosecute and prevent public corruption in New York State.

May 4, 2010
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Serrano Joins Senator Schneiderman, District Attorney Vance, and Assemblymember Kellner to Announce Major Reforms to Combat Public Corruption

Bill Increases Ability of District Attorneys to Prosecute Public Corruption Cases,Legislative Fixes Close Loopholes, Strengthen Penal Law Crimes

May 4, 2010
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Padavan Signs "Pledge For Change New York"

New York State Senator Frank Padavan (Queens) announced today that he has signed the “Pledge for Change New York”  which is calling upon elected officials in New York state to enact reforms to state ethics laws, budgetary process and institute new measures aimed at increasing accountability and transparency. 

April 27, 2010
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Elections Committee Holds Hearing On Campaign Finance Reform Proposals

Today, The Senate Elections Committee, Chaired by Senator Joseph P. Addabbo Jr. (D-Queens) held the second hearing on sweeping changes to New York’s campaign finance system.

April 23, 2010
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Oppenheimer Bill Strengthening Open Meetings Law is Signed Into Law

 

New Law Provides Additional Enforcement Tools to Ensure Compliance

Senator Suzi Oppenheimer is pleased to announce that her bill to enhance judicial enforcement of the open meetings law, S. 7054, was signed into law on April 14, 2010.  The legislation was part of a package of sunshine bills aimed at fostering greater openness and public participation in government decision-making.

April 16, 2010
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Assembly Member Lancman and Senator Squadron Announce Corporate Political Accountability to Shareholders Act

Legislation in Response to

Citizens United Decision will Stem

Corporate Dollars in Politics

 

Legislators: Require Corporations

Making Political Expenditures to Obtain Prior Shareholder

Approval and Disclose Business

Rationale Behind Such Expenditures

April 13, 2010
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ADDABBO: INCREASES IN GOVERNMENT TRANSPARENCY FOR SUNSHINE WEEK

New York State Senate Member

Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr.

March 23, 2010
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