Issues: Ethics

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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Bruno Convictions May Spur Ethics Reform in Albany

By Karen DeWitt

Feature article on WNYC Radio

NEW YORK, NY December 09, 2009 —Albany may approve ethics reforms, now that former Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno has been convicted on federal corruption charges. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.

December 9, 2009
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Conviction offers material for state ethics law reform

By James Odato

ALBANY — The conviction of former state Sen. Joseph L. Bruno gives several lawmakers and government reform advocates plenty of material as they seek ethics and disclosure law amendments, they said.

Even friends, who reacted Monday with disappointment over the conviction, noted the case has stirred an Albany debate on what part-time lawmakers can and cannot do to earn outside income.

December 8, 2009
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In Albany, a Legislature Indifferent, if Not Averse, to Ethics Rules

By Danny Hakim

ALBANY — Here is a lesson learned from the conviction on Monday of Joseph L. Bruno, the former Senate majority leader, on two federal corruption charges.

New York State’s ethics laws do not do much to deter corruption. Rather, they often enable it and even help conceal it from the public.

Thus it was left to the federal government to use a controversial “theft of honest services” law that is facing a Supreme Court challenge to prosecute what was essentially a state corruption case.

December 7, 2009
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Statement by State Senator Daniel Squadron on Bruno trial verdict

Today's events don't change what we've known all along -- we need stronger state laws to oversee governmental ethics.  We are pushing to pass comprehensive ethics reform now, so we can give New Yorkers reason to have a renewed faith in our state government.  The federal courts should not be the only venue that addresses accusations of wrongdoing; we must fill the "Bruno Gap" in our state laws.

December 7, 2009
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Squadron Remains Hopeful For Ethics Reform

Feature article found in The Lo-Down

Jurors in Albany are beginning a third day of deliberations in the federal corruption trial of former Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno. As The Daily News pointed out the other day, the case has "sparked a new round of talks on ethics reform."  Our own state senator, Daniel Squadron, is at the center of the fight for more transparency in New York's ethics law.

December 1, 2009
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Cleaning Up Albany

New York’s campaign finance system ranks among the nation’s worst. With gaping loopholes, sky-high contribution limits, lax enforcement, and no statewide public funding program – this failed system is in desperate need of reform.

November 30, 2009
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Joe Bruno corruption case sparks talks on ethics reform

By Kenneth Lovett

Feature article in The Daily News

ALBANY - The Joe Bruno federal corruption trial has sparked a new round of talks on ethics reform, the Daily News has learned.

Sens. Eric Schneiderman (D-Manhattan) and Daniel Squadron (D-Brooklyn) have quietly been circulating a bill to overhaul the state's porous ethics law.

"Out of crisis comes ... opportunity," Schneiderman said, also crediting The News' "State of Shame" series.

November 25, 2009
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Bigger, Better Ethics Bill?

By Elizabeth Benjamin

Feature article in The Daily Politics

Good government advocates today decried the lack of action on ethics reform on the extraordinary session agenda, but also sounded a hopeful note that behind-the-scenes negotiations are underway to strengthen a bill passed by the Assembly earlier this year.

November 17, 2009
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November 16, 2009
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Public Meeting Tuesday in Albany Regarding Expansion of Legislative Television Channel

Contact: Assembly- Kevin Frazier (518)455-4474                 For Immediate Release:

               Senate- Greg Meyer (212)828-5829                          November 13, 2009

November 13, 2009
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Filling ethics law gap

By  James M. Odato

Feature article in the Times Union

ALBANY -- Sen. John Flanagan operates ASJ Consulting, but don't expect the Long Island lawyer to discuss the business.

He won't return phone calls inquiring about ethics disclosure requirements.

Like former Sen. Joseph L. Bruno, who claims he disclosed what he believed was necessary on state ethics forms, Flanagan, R-East Northport, is among 10 state lawmakers whose households benefit from consulting income.

November 4, 2009
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