Issues: Ethics

Senator O'Brien reflects on 50th anniversary of March on Washington, Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Today, Senator Ted O’Brien joins millions of Americans in celebrating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and the delivery of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

“Dr. King's speech still captivates us today through his courage and hopeful vision for a better future for the next generations. However, the struggle for equality among many sectors of the population continues,” said Senator O’Brien.

August 28, 2013
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The NYS Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic, and Asian Legislative Caucus Applaud Stop and Frisk Ruling

Reforming Stop and Frisk has been a top priority 

Albany, NY- Reforming "Stop and Frisk" has been one of the top priorities of the NYS Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic, and Asian Legislative Caucus for at least the past decade. We strongly support and applaud Judge Shira A. Scheindlin’s decision on the New York Police Department’s Stop and Frisk Program. In 2012, the Caucus traveled to D.C. to lobby the Department of Justice to investigate NYC’s Stop and Frisk practices. While in D.C. the Caucus also briefed the Congressional Black Caucus on the status and implications of this controversial program.

August 12, 2013
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Who Will Investigate the Accusers?

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOWBy Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz32nd Senatorial District, Bronx County, New YorkTel. 718-991-3161

 

Who Will Investigate the Accusers?

 

August 6, 2013
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Senator O'Brien praises action on legislative reform

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Today, Senator Ted O'Brien applauded Governor Cuomo's announcement of a Moreland Commission to investigate the legislature and restore faith in Albany. After serious ethics violations and alleged lawbreaking took place, the legislature failed to enact meaningful reform.

July 2, 2013
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Senate Majority Coalition Votes Down Legislation Which Would Reform New York’s Campaign Finance System

Democratic Conference Offered Legislation to Close Campaign Finance Loopholes and Oversights Which Currently Plague New York’s Election Laws

 

June 21, 2013
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Senator O'Brien applauds A.G.'s disclosure rules

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Today, Senator Ted O’Brien expressed his strong support for Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s new disclosure requirements for shadowy nonprofit organizations that abuse their status to engage in anonymous political campaigning, which took effect yesterday.

Since 2010, these political groups, operating under the cover of 501(c)(4) organization status, have pumped millions of dollars into races at all levels without having to disclose the origin of their funds. In the 2012 campaign, Virginia-based “Common Sense Principles,” a mysterious ‘nonprofit’ group, spent large sums of money in several New York State Senate races, including Senator O’Brien’s.

June 6, 2013
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Caucus Applauds Assembly Passage of the DREAM Act, a Caucus Top Priority

Albany, NY- The Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic, and Asian Legislative Caucus today applauded the passage of the DREAM Act (A.2597) allowing undocumented students who meet in-state tuition requirements to access state financial aid and scholarships for higher education. This bill also opens 529 tuition savings accounts to all New York youth, and establishes a DREAM Fund Commission to raise private funds for a college scholarship program for children of immigrants.

May 22, 2013
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Civil Rights: Post Obama Conversation

The Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic, and Asian Legislative Caucus Host a Forum on Civil Rights

ALBANY,NY -- On the heels of the New York State Assembly's passage of the DREAM Act and as America moves into the second term of President Barack H. Obama the New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic, and Asian Legislative Caucus presented a thought-provoking conversation about the past successes and future struggles of the civil rights movement. The event took place Monday, May 22, 2013 at the Legislative Office Building in Albany, New York.

May 22, 2013
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Independent Democratic Conference Hosts Public Hearing on Campaign Finance and Ethics Reform in Albany

ALBANY, NY – Today in the capital, the New York State Senate’s Independent Democratic Conference hosted its fourth statewide hearing on campaign finance and ethics reform. At the hearing, experts offered testimony on proposals to publicly finance campaigns, overhaul the state’s porous campaign finance laws, and eliminate conflicts of interests between lobbyists and campaign consultants.

May 20, 2013
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Messenger Post: New Yorkers deserve real reform

I recently shared my thoughts on the corruption issues plaguing Albany with the Messenger Post family of newspapers:

"I was elected to the New York State Senate last year, and I understand what the residents of Monroe and Ontario Counties expect of me. They trust that I will fight every day to reduce the burden of property taxes, revitalize our economy and encourage growth in emerging technologies to create the jobs of the future. This has been my focus since I took office, but when our Legislature is hit by scandal after scandal, and nearly nine in 10 New Yorkers think corruption is a major problem in our state, it’s difficult for government to work effectively."

May 14, 2013
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Senator José M. Serrano and Assemblywoman Sandy Galef send letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo asking him to Include Member Item Reform in Package of Ethics Reform Legislation

(New York, NY) - Senator José M. Serrano (D- Manhattan/Bronx) and Assemblymember Sandy Galef (D-Westchester/Putnam) sent a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo asking him to support legislation that would reform the current problematic legislative member item system.  In 2010, Serrano and Galef worked together to craft legislation A641/S920 item reform.

May 14, 2013
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Public Hearing: Restoring Voters’ Trust in New York State Government

Independent Democratic ConferenceConf. Leader: Senator Jeffrey D. KleinPublic Hearing: Restoring Voters’ Trust in New York State GovernmentPlace: Hamilton Hearing Room B, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor,Albany, New YorkTime: 10:30 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.Contact: Gabriel Paniza (518) 455-3594Media Contact: Eric Soufer (518) 455-2495ALL TESTIMONY MUST BE SUBMITTED IN WRITING PRIOR TO EVENT

May 20, 10:30 AM - 1:03 PM
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Public Hearing: Restoring Voters’ Trust in New York State Government

Independent Democratic Conference Conf. Leader: Senator Jeffrey D. Klein Public Hearing: Restoring Voters’ Trust in New York State Government Place: 92 Franklin Street, 4th Floor, Buffalo, New York Time: 3:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M. Contact: Gabriel Paniza (518) 455-3594 Media Contact: Eric Soufer (518) 455-2495 ALL TESTIMONY MUST BE SUBMITTED IN WRITING PRIOR TO EVENT

May 13, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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With Yet Another Albany Official in Handcuffs, Kennedy Says Time for Stronger Ethics Laws is Now

State Sen. John Sampson charged today with embezzlement, obstruction of justice, witness tampering 

Kennedy: Immediate action is needed to reform state government and clean up Albany. There’s no time for delay, and there is no room for excuses.

ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, says Albany needs to immediately get to work on stronger laws to prevent public corruption. With another state official now facing serious criminal charges, Kennedy is urging swift action on legislation to stiffen penalties against corruption and to clean up Albany.

May 6, 2013
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Senator Valesky Introduces Legislative Reform Package Including Legislation Prohibiting Lobbyists from Engaging in Political Consulting

ALBANY—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) has introduced a package of legislation aimed at preventing corruption. 

May 6, 2013
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Senator Hoylman Introduces “Ethics Patch” to Close Loopholes in 2011 Laws

Albany, NY (April 29, 2013)—Today, New York State Senator Brad Hoylman introduced the Federal Corruption Loophole Closure Act (S.4807-A) and another bill (S.4836), which together close loopholes in the Public Integrity Reform Act of 2011 that exempted most elected officials in Albany who are convicted of felonies related to their elective office from forfeiture or reduction of their pensions.

April 29, 2013
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Forum/Town Hall: Restoring the Voters' Trust in New York State Government: Reforming New York State's Campaign Finance and Election Laws by Increasing Accountability

Independent Democratic ConferenceSponsor: Senator Jeffrey D. KleinMeeting: Restoring the Voters' Trust in New York State Government: Reforming New York State's Campaign Finance and Election Laws by Increasing Accountability, Closing loopholes, & Implementing Public Finance.Place: 19th Floor Hearing Room, 250 Broadway, New York 10007Time: 3:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.Contact: Gabriel Paniza (518) 455-3594Media Contact: Eric Sonfer (518) 455-2495; TESTIMONY MUST BE SUBMITTED IN WRITING PRIOR TO EVENT.

May 1, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Forum/Town Hall: Restoring the Voters' Trust in New York State Government: Reforming New York State's Campaign Finance and Election Laws by Increasing Accountability

Independent Democratic ConferenceSponsor: Senator Jeffrey D. KleinMeeting: Restoring the Voters' Trust in New York State Government: Reforming New York State's Campaign Finance and Election Laws by Increasing Accountability, Closing Loopholes, & Implementing Public Finance.Place: 110 Route 303, Valley Cottage, New York 10989Time: 3:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.Contact: Gabriel Paniza (518) 455-3594Media Contact: Eric Sonfer (518) 455-2495; TESTIMONY MUST BE SUBMITTED IN WRITING PRIOR TO EVENT.

May 8, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Senator Kennedy Stands with Progressive Coalition to Demand Fair Elections

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Today, a diverse coalition demanded robust campaign finance reform with public financing at its core outside the Erie County Board of Elections. NYS Senator Tim Kennedy, NYS Assemblyman Sean Ryan, Organizing for Action, the Clean Air Coalition, Citizen Action, the Coalition for Economic Justice and several other organizations spoke Thursday morning in favor of passing reform.  

April 26, 2013
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