Issues: Ethics

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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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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