Issues: Ethics

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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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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