Issues: Ethics

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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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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