Issues: Ethics

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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Monserrate must go

By Staten Island Advance Editorial January 22, 2010, 10:59AM

Given the go-along-to-get-along, ethics-free culture that prevails in the state Legislature, you might have expected that Democrats in the big top known as the New York State Senate would close ranks around an embattled colleague and start mumbling excuses for him . . . or ducking questions about him altogether.

January 22, 2010
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Padavan Presents Campaign Consultant Registration Amendment to Ethics Reform Legislation

During the debate, Padavan introduced an amendment that would have strengthened the legislation under consideration by the Senate. Padavan’s amendment is identical to his legislation, S.3254, which calls for the establishment of reasonable disclosure requirements for all campaign consultants including those who also engage in lobbying state officials. Under the amendment, campaign consultants must register with the Ethics Commission and list employees, clients and fees for services.

January 21, 2010
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SENATOR ERIC T. SCHNEIDERMAN'S STATEMENT ON SUPREME COURT DECISION, CITIZENS UNITED V. FEC

SENATOR ERIC T. SCHNEIDERMAN'S STATEMENT ON SUPREME COURT DECISION, CITIZENS UNITED V. FEC

 

January 21, 2010
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Senator Valesky Lauds State Senate Passage of Landmark Ethics Reform Package

ALBANY, N.Y.—State Senator David J. Valesky applauded today’s Senate passage of sweeping ethics and campaign finance reform legislation. 

January 21, 2010
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Legislature Approves Ethics Bills, but Few Cheer

By JEREMY W. PETERSALBANY — With 59 largely unenthusiastic ayes, the State Senate on Wednesday approved a package of bills meant to combat political corruption and require elected officials to disclose more about their outside financial interests.Despite more than three hours of debate and grousing from many senators that they felt the bills were at best a half-step toward meaningful change, only one senator voted no.Read full article at: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/21/nyregion/21ethics.html

January 20, 2010
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