Issues: Ethics

Governor Signs Squadron-Silver Ethics Bill

Governor David A. Paterson overcame his initial objections and signed into law the "Bruno Gap" bill. We were proud that both authors of the legislation, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Senator Daniel Squadron, represent our district.

March 8, 2010
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STATEMENT FROM SENATOR ERIC T. SCHNEIDERMAN ON COURT DECISION

STATEMENT FROM SENATOR ERIC T. SCHNEIDERMAN ON COURT DECISION

February 19, 2010
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New law closes 'Bruno gap'

ALBANY -- A state law signed Friday bars state officials from using public property or employees for private business or any other non-governmental purpose for which they get money.

  The measure signed by Gov. David Paterson bars legislators, officers and employees from taking "unwarranted privileges" with state goods and services and makes that felony fraud when it's ongoing with a value of at least $1,000.

It was effective immediately. Paterson had said it would "close a small but dangerous hole in our ethics laws."

February 16, 2010
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Senator Squadron Applauds Governor for Signing “Bruno Gap” Bill Into Law, Pushes for Immediate Progress on Comprehensive Reform

Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron released the following statement upon Governor Paterson’s signing of S6439 (Squadron)/A9559 (Silver), the “Bruno Gap” bill:

“In Albany, the struggle for reform is slow, and true steps forward are rare.  That's why I am pleased that today Governor Paterson signed into law the bill I wrote with Speaker Sheldon Silver to close the "Bruno Gap" in state ethics law, making it illegal for a public officer to use government resources for outside, for-profit business.

February 12, 2010
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Statement by Senator John Bonacic Regarding the Vote to Expel Hiram Monserrate from the State Senate

“We are responsible for each action we take.  Former Senator Monserrateserved as a Marine, police officer, and was one of the Senators who led theeffort to help reform the Senate’s rules last year.  We honor our veterans.We support our police officers.  We want reformers to succeed.  The goodactions he performed in those roles however, still do not authorizecriminal conduct.   Here, Mr.  Monserrate was convicted of a crimeassociated with an assault on his girlfriend.   There must be zerotolerance for domestic violence.

February 9, 2010
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Statement From Senate Majority Conference Leader John L. Sampson

For the second time in six months, Senate Republicans have killed ethics reform in Albany. They have once again asked New Yorkers to do as I say and forget what I do, while special interests have tightened their stranglehold on Albany. Today, they squeezed the life out of the change New Yorkers have been waiting for. For forty years special interest money had a stranglehold on our democracy, and taxpayers paid the price with higher taxes, record unemployment, and a long, sad string of broken promises. 

February 8, 2010
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Zero-Tolerance of Violence

      As a man who deeply loves and respects my wife of over 30 years and as a grandfather with ten grandchildren, I have worked hard to build a world free of violence, a world that respects women and protects our most vulnerable populations. I have fought hate crimes in my district, provided help to victims of violent crimes, sponsored last month's March for Peace Against Gun and Youth Violence, and proposed legislation to classify violence against women as hate crimes (S.2788).

February 8, 2010
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Seward Calls For Improved Ethics Reforms

Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) speaks out on the senate floor against an override of the governor's veto on ethics reform legislation.

Senator Seward says an improved ethics reform bill should be actively pursued.

 

February 7, 2010
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Senator Bonacic Discusses Ethics Reform Bill

Senator John Bonacic (R/I/C - Mt. Hope) discussing Senator Schneiderman's ethics bill on the floor of the New York State Senate on January 20, 2010.  

February 5, 2010
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Statement From Senate Majority Conference Leader John L. Sampson On Ethics And Election Reform Legislation

For 40 years, special-interests in Albany have prevented reform in state government. Lack of disclosure of business relationships with our lawmakers, the near non-existence of campaign finance enforcement, and millions of special-interest dollars have led us to the brink of fiscal disaster.

February 2, 2010
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ADDABBO:  SENATE ETHICS REFORM A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION, STILL MORE TO DO


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ADDABBO:  SENATE ETHICS REFORM A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION, STILL MORE TO DO


Legislation Is First Step Towards Restoring Accountability for Public Officials

January 25, 2010
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Governor Paterson’s Turn on Ethics

After New York’s Legislature passed an ethics package last week, Senator Liz Krueger, a Democrat from Manhattan who voted for the bill, told her colleagues, “We need to not pat ourselves on the back that much because we have further to go.”  Actually, they should not congratulate themselves at all. Gov. David Paterson was right to threaten to veto the bill, and if the Legislature sends it to him, he should do just that. Meanwhile, the governor should negotiate something much better:Read full article at: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/24/opinion/24sun2.html

January 23, 2010
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Ethics reform bill passes in Albany; Paterson vows to veto

ALBANY — State lawmakers passed an ethics reform bill Wednesday that Gov. David Paterson vowed to veto, saying he wants to work with them on a bill “that I will sign.”

Senate Democrats said they would seek an override of a veto.

“The Senate is prepared to override the governor’s veto and deliver the ethics reform we need to give New York the government it deserves,” said Austin Shafran, spokesman for the Senate Majority Conference.

January 22, 2010
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