Issues: Ethics

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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Bruno Trial Recalls Ethics Bill Albany Shot Down in September

By Elizabeth Dwoskin

Featrue article in The Village Voice

Legislators have been quick to condemn wrongdoing in the run-up to the trial of former State Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno, who was indicted on corruption charges in January. But let's not forget that earlier this fall, Senate Republicans unanimously shot down a bill that would have gone a long way towards stopping corrupt politicians from committing the sorts of crimes of which Bruno is accused.

November 3, 2009
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Closing the Bruno gap

By Casey Seiler

Feature article in the Times Union

State Sen. Daniel Squadron says the ethics package introduced by Democrats will close the “Bruno gap” in the state’s disclosure laws. This is the same package that failed to pass in September due to (pick one) Democratic partisan game-playing/Republican intransigence/both.

November 3, 2009
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Squadron Resumes Push for Ethics Bill

Feature article in The Lo-Down

 

We just received a news release from State Senator Daniel Squadron's office detailing "how the ethics reform package he sponsors with Senate Majority Conference Leader John L. Sampson would help prevent the kind of alleged ethical misconduct for which former Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno is on trial."

Among the provisions highlighted:

November 3, 2009
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Senator Flanagan Appointed as a Member of the Monserrate Committee

Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos today named Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) as a member of the New York State Senate special committee that will investigate the matter regarding Senator Hiram Monserrate.  

October 22, 2009
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SENATOR SKELOS APPOINTS MEMBERS TO MONSERRATE COMMITTEE

Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos today announced members of his conference to serve on the committee that will investigate the matter regarding Senator Hiram Monserrate.

Members of the Republican Conference appointed by Senator Skelos include Senator Andrew Lanza (R-I, Staten Island), a former Chair of the Senate Ethics Committee, Senator John Flanagan (R-C-I, East Northport), a former Chair of the Senate Ethics Committee, Senator James Alesi (R-C-I, Perinton), a former Chair of the Senate Ethics Committee and Senator Cathy Young (R-I-C, Olean).

October 21, 2009
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Statement From Senate Majority Conference Leader John L. Sampson

Accusations against public officials are of the utmost concern to everyone in a just and civil society and I take them very seriously.  A court of law has now ruled and we respect the decision rendered by the justice system. The leaders of our conference are discussing the potential for further disciplinary action by the Senate and will comment further once a determination has been reached. 

October 15, 2009
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GOVERNOR PATERSON SIGNS OPPENHEIMER BILL REQUIRING THE MOST HUMANE ANIMAL EUTHANASIA PRACTICES

Governor Paterson has signed into law, S. 4962-B, Senator Suzi Oppenheimer’s bill  significantly updating New York state laws regarding the euthanasia of animals.  The measure bans the euthanasia of animals by lethal gassing and ensures that animal euthanasia is performed in the most humane manner possible.

October 14, 2009
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Cut ACORN From The State Funding Tree

New York State is facing a multi-billion dollar deficit.  Families are making hard choices as they cut back during tough economic times.  Certainly the last thing we should be doing is funding questionable organizations.  That’s why I am joining the growing call to freeze all state funds slated to go to the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), its sister organization, the New York Agency for Community Affairs (NYACA) and any other organizations that use state funds to contract with ACORN.

September 18, 2009
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Join Me For Community Convention Follow-up Calls

On March 15, four hundred members of our community gathered at the first-ever 25th Senate District Community Convention to discuss shared concerns, priorities, and hopes as part of 22 discussion groups.  I left the Convention resolved to take our discussions and translate them into action, and to report back on what we heard and the progress we made.  Today I want to announce that this report will be in the form of a series of conference calls, beginning next week.  The first call will begin with an overview, and each of the four calls will then cover some of the 22 issues fr

September 17, 2009
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Statement on Ethics Reform By Senator Ranzenhofer

“During last night’s special session, I was poised to vote for the Senate ethics reforms so that New Yorkers would begin to have greater confidence in their State government.  Unfortunately, the ethics reform proposal became poisoned by an amendment to create a partisan board that lacks fair and balanced representation. 

September 11, 2009
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Senate G.O.P. Blocks Stronger Albany Ethics Rules

By Danny Hakim and Nicholas Confessore

Feature article in The New York Times

ALBANY— Republicans in the State Senate blocked a plan to overhaul the state’s ethics laws Thursday night, the latest blow to attempts to reform New York’s scandal-prone government.

he vote was taken at a special session of the State Senate as lawmakers also returned to the capital to confirm new leaders for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the state Insurance Department.

September 10, 2009
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Senator Squadron Statement on Comprehensive Ethics Reform

"The Republican opposition to our strong ethics package -- sponsored by myself and Senator Sampson -- and the fact that our conference was down one vote today means we will have to wait for passage.  While it is frustrating to wait, I strongly believe it is better to be able to pass our whole reform package – made up of two crucial bills – than to vote today on a piece of the package and come away with only half the changes we need."

September 10, 2009
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State looking at several measures to reform Albany

Feature article in Courier-Life Publications

By Stephen Witt

While not quite the new sheriff of Albany, recently elected State Senator Daniel Squadron is beginning to make an impact on possible reforms in Albany.

The freshman lawmaker who was elected last year representing parts of lower Manhattan along withBrooklyn Heights and Carroll Gardens has introduced several bills that have longtime Albany watchdog groups wagging their tail.

September 2, 2009
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Recording of Senator Squadron's August 25th community conference call about reform in the Senate

On August 25th, Senator Squadron hosted a conference call to discuss the state of reform in Albany. The discussion focused on progress made on Senate rules reform and work that still needs to be done on ethics, campaign finance, and transparency in the Senate.

The call was the second in a series of community conference calls, all of which are open to the public.

August 26, 2009
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Legislators Propose Nationally Ground-Breaking Performance Standards for New York's Stimulus Investments

Joined by NYS Stimulus Oversight Working Group, Legislators Argue New York Should Look Where "Foresight Meets Oversight"

June 17, 2009
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NYS Senate Ethics Committee Public Hearing

Location: Albany, NY

June 2, 2009

June 8, 2009
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NYS Senate Ethics Committee Public Hearing

Location: Buffalo NY

May 29, 2009

June 8, 2009
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NYS Senate Ethics Committee Public Hearing

Location: NYC

May28, 2009

June 8, 2009
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