Issues: Ethics

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 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 9, 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 9, 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 1, 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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Senator Dan Squadron Discusses Proposed Ethics Reform Legislation

At a press conference on June 4th, 2009, Senator Daniel Squadron discussed his proposed ethics reform legislation.

June 5, 2009
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Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith Discusses Ethics Reform

At a press conference on June 4th, 2009, Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith joined Senator Daniel Squadron to discuss the Senate's proposed ethics reform legislation.

June 4, 2009
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Senate Introduces Ethics Reform Disclosure Bill

Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith and Senator Daniel Squadron will hold a brief press availability today to announce the introduction of the Senate’s ethics reform proposal, requiring all individual legislators to fully disclose all outside sources of income.   WHEN: Thursday, June 4, 2009 @ 12 PM   WHERE: Capitol, Room 328 

June 4, 2009
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Senate Introduces Ethics Reform Disclosure Bill

Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith and Senator Daniel Squadron will hold a brief press availability today to announce the introduction of the Senate’s ethics reform proposal, requiring all individual legislators to fully disclose all outside sources of income.   WHEN: Thursday, June 4, 2009 @ 12 PM   WHERE: Capitol, Room 328 

June 4, 12:00 PM - 12:00 PM
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A More Democratic New York Through Ethics Reform

When I became Senate Majority Leader, one of my priorities was fostering a more effective government for the people of New York through reform. That reform has come on a variety of fronts, and ranges from using new technologies to holding public hearings to changing the Senate’s longstanding rules.

June 2, 2009
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Senator Valesky Co-sponsors Senate Ethics Reform Legislation

SYRACUSE, N.Y.—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) will co-sponsor two pieces of legislation that would fundamentally reform governmental ethics in New York State.

“As elected officials, we are and stewards of the citizenry’s interests, and must be held to the highest of standards,” Senator Valesky, Vice President Pro-Tempore of the Senate, said. “The Senate is serious about ethics reform, and I am proud to co-sponsor this legislation, which is part of a seismic shift in the way the people’s business is conducted in Albany.”

June 2, 2009
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Ethics Reform Public Hearing in New York City

The Ethics Committee held a public hearing on Ethics Reform in New York City on May 29th.

June 1, 2009
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Ethics Reform Public Hearing in New York City

The Ethics Committee held a public hearing in New York City on Friday, May 29th. Senator Liz Krueger encouraged the public to use the new Senate website as a way to provide feedback and comments on legislation and said transparency is "critical" to fostering ethical behavior. For more information on these hearings and learn how to give feedback on this legislation, read the post on the NYSenate Blog here.

June 1, 2009
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Coming Clean: Gov. Paterson and State Senate Raise Hopes of Ethics Reform in Albany

The Daily News

Could it be that corrupt, dysfunctional Albany is on the verge of cleaning up its act? There are signs that reform is making headway in a state government steeped in muck.

June 1, 2009
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