Issues: Ethics

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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Select Committee To Investigate The Facts And Circumstances Surrounding The Conviction Of Hiram Monserrate

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Custom Committee Members: 

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<li><a href="http://www.nysenate.gov/senator/james-s-alesi">Senator
James S. Alesi</a></li>
<li><a href="http://www.nysenate.gov/senator/john-j-flanagan">Senator
John J. Flanagan</a></li>
<li><a href="http://www.nysenate.gov/senator/ruth-hassell-thompson">Senator
Ruth Hassell-Thompson</a></li>
<li><a href="http://www.nysenate.gov/senator/andrew-j-lanza">Senator
Andrew J Lanza</a></li>
<li><a href="http://www.nysenate.gov/senator/diane-j-savino">Senator
Diane J. Savino</a></li>
<li><a href="http://www.nysenate.gov/senator/toby-ann-stavisky">Senator
Toby Ann Stavisky</a></li>
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January 14, 2010
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Statement From Senate Majority Conference Leader John L. Sampson, President Malcolm A. Smith, Majority Leader Pedro Espada And Deputy Majority Leader Jeff Klein

The state’s 19.5 million residents deserve a government that they can trust and be proud of, and to meet that goal our state needs a tough, new plan to make sure state leaders act responsibly and honestly. These reforms demonstrate that the Senate Democratic Majority is focused not on special interests, but solely the public interest; more specifically, creating jobs, controlling government spending, providing property tax relief and improving educational opportunities for our children.

January 13, 2010
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Senate And Assembly Unveil Sweeping Ethics And Election Law Reform Legislation

Measure 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 13, 2010
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Aubertine: Ethics, Election Reform a “Critical First Step”

Senate, Assembly agree on groundbreaking reforms for accountability, open government

January 13, 2010
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Senator Squadron's Comments on Ethics and Election Law Reform Legislation

Senator Daniel Squadron speaks about sweeping Ethics and Election law reform legislation at a press conference in Albany on January 13, 2010.

January 13, 2010
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Senator Schneiderman's Comments on Ethics and Election Law Reform Legislation

Senator Eric Schniederman speaks at a press conference announcing swweping Ethics and Election Law reforms in Albany on January 13, 2010.

January 13, 2010
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Senator Sampson's Comments on Ethics and Election Law Reform Legislation

Senate Majority Conference Leader John L. Sampson speaks about sweeping Ethics and Election Law reform legislation at a press conference in Albany on January 13, 2010.

January 13, 2010
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Ethics And Election Law Reform Press Conference

The Senate and the Assembly unveiled sweeping Ethics and Election Law reform legislation at a pess conference in Albany on January 13, 2010.

January 13, 2010
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Senator Valesky Applauds Sweeping Ethics Reform Legislation

SYRACUSE, N.Y.—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) today applauded the introduction of the most sweeping ethics and campaign finance reform ever in the Legislature.

January 13, 2010
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Senate And Assembly Unveil Sweeping Ethics And Election Law Reform Legislation

Measure 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 13, 2010
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Senate And Assembly To Announce Agreement On Sweeping Ethics And Election Law Reforms

WHO: Senate Democratic Conference Leader John L. Sampson            Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver            Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb            Senate and Assembly colleagues            Good government advocates WHEN: Wednesday, January 13, 2010 @ 11:30 AM 

January 13, 2010
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Governor Paterson Supports Reform Legislation Introduced by Senator Liz Krueger

New York, New York – State Senator Liz Krueger today applauded Governor Paterson for backing ethics and campaign finance legislation she carries. “While the full details of the Governor’s reform package are not yet clear, the Governor's Q&A with the press earlier today indicates that a number of important reform bills I sponsor will part of the package, and I am pleased to have the Governor’s support for these efforts,” said Senator Krueger.

January 5, 2010
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Local pols react to Paterson reform proposals

State lawmakers representing Brooklyn hadmixed responses to Gov. David Paterson’s “State of the State” address, in which he set forth sweeping proposals to root out political corruption in state government...

Paterson also wants to set a single independent ethics commission in Albany charged with enforcing the state’s ethics and campaign finance laws.

The new commission would have the legal authority to refer criminal and civil cases to the attorney general.

Currently, the attorney general has limited jurisdiction over political corruption cases.

January 5, 2010
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January 5, 2010
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BONACIC URGES LEGISLATURE TO ENACT ETHICS REFORM

December 11, 2009:  State Senator John J. Bonacic has urged that the Legislature enact comprehensive ethics reform when it re-convenes next month.  Bonacic is the only Republican State Senator to co-sponsor bi-partisan comprehensive ethics reform legislation (S.5738).  That legislation:

December 11, 2009
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Leading the Way on Ethics Reform

You don’t need to be an expert in state government to know that our ethics laws have been in sore need of an overhaul.  That’s why I've worked since the day I took office to craft legislation that will give ethics enforcement real teeth. 

I have worked hand in hand with civic advocates to draft an ethics package that will create more independent oversight of ethics, force legislators to disclose their business dealings with lobbyists, and make more detailed information about legislators’ finances available to the public.

December 10, 2009
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Filling 'The Bruno Gap'

By Elizabeth Benjamin

Hoping to capitalize on the call for ethics reform that followed the guilty verdict in ex-Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno's trial, Sens. Dan Squadron and Eric Schneiderman are circulating a new bill to close what Squadron dubbed the "Bruno gap".

The bill, which comes on top of a comprehensive reform package already being negotiated between the Senate and Assembly, would "explicitly" prohibit mixing state business and private business...

December 9, 2009
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