Issues: Ethics

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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Statement on Ethics Reforms

“After serving in the State Senate for twelve months, I’m encouraged by yesterday’s passage of ethics reform.  For too long, special interests have been able to unfairly influence State representatives behind closed-doors without the public’s knowledge.  As a result, Albany politicians have been unaccountable for their actions because of weak ethics laws.  New York citizens deserve better.

January 20, 2010
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Senate Passes Ethics Reform Legislation

 New York State Senator Frank Padavan (Queens) announced today that the Senate has passed ethics reform legislation. The legislation calls for the establishment of an ethics commission, reestablishes the lobbying commission, greater disclosure of legislators outside income and enhanced campaign finance laws. 

January 20, 2010
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Reforming Albany

Greetings,

Last week I announced that the Senate and Assembly had introduced a package of ethics legislation that I pushed forward; today I am very pleased to report that both houses -- the Senate and Assembly -- have passed the package by an overwhelming margin.  I have fought for increased disclosure, enforcement, and independence in Albany since I took office, and by passing this ethics package today, the Senate and Assembly have taken a significant step towards that goal.

January 20, 2010
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Senate Passes Sweeping Ethics And Election Law Reform Legislation

 Schneiderman bill includes stricter campaign finance rules and greater penalties for violations, increased disclosure of outside income for legislators, enhancements to the lobby law, strengthened legislative and executive oversight

January 20, 2010
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Senate Passes Strongest Ethics Reform In A Generation

After years of corruption and dysfunction in Albany, the New York State Senate took a major step forward in passing ethics reform (S6457/Schneiderman-Squadron) that ends the era of secrecy and significantly raises the bar of disclosure and accountability for elected officials.

January 20, 2010
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NYS Senator Ruben Diaz, Sr. comments on the Ethics Bill - 1/20/10

S.6457 - An act to amend the executive law, in relation to executive ethics and compliance commission.

January 20, 2010
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Senator Dan Squadron An act to amend the public officers law

An act to amend the public officers law, in relation to prohibiting the use by certain public officers and employees of property, services or other resources of the state for private business or other compensated non-governmental purposes; and to amend the penal law, in relation to defrauding the government.

January 20, 2010
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Senator Liz Krueger Reacts to Ethics Reform Bill

(Albany, New York)—The New York State Senate passed an ethics reform bill today, finally fulfilling a promise long made to New Yorkers. State Senator Liz Krueger expressed her hope that this would be the first step in the adoption of a series of necessary reforms to address the serious issues of questionable ethics and the influence of money that Albany faces.

 

January 20, 2010
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One Star for Ethics Reform

New York legislators proposed an ethics reform package last week that would definitely improve the miserable status quo in Albany. But the plan is not the full-fledged housecleaning necessary for a place that has gone too long without the slightest dusting of reform.

The reforms proposed by Senator John Sampson, the Democratic leader in the State Senate, and the Assembly speaker, Sheldon Silver, would inevitably get the best-we-can-do-at-the-moment label. That’s not good enough...

January 19, 2010
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STATEMENT FROM SENATOR HUGH FARLEY CONCERNING SENATOR MONSERRATE

Senator Farley issues the following statement last week in regards to the special committee on Senator Monserrate:

January 19, 2010
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Lawmakers Offer Ethics Plan, but Paterson Says It Falls Short

New York’s legislative leaders proposed their own ethics overhaul on Wednesday in an effort to restore public confidence in the wake of recent scandals that have exposed political corruption at the highest levels of power in Albany.

The proposal, which would essentially remake the current system that polices the conduct of public officials, would require elected officials to disclose more about their outside income and face stricter oversight by investigative bodies that will have enhanced powers.

January 15, 2010
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SENATOR MONSERRATE MUST BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR HIS ACTIONS

Special Committee Recommends Serious Sanctions – Including Expulsion – for Senator Monserrate.             Senator Jim Alesi (R-Perinton), after serving as a member of the Special Committee on Ethics to review Senator Hiram Monserrate’s misconduct, believes the final report submitted by the Special committee imposes severe sanctions on Senator Monserrate.          

January 15, 2010
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