Issues: Ethics

Senator Tkaczyk and Colleagues Unveil Tough Ethics Package

Bills Would Limit Use of Campaign Money and Strip Pensions of Any Official Who Breaches Public Trust

  (Albany, NY) State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk joined her Senate colleagues to unveil a tough legislative ethics package designed to reform state government and combat the ongoing corruption issues facing New York State. Senator Tkaczyk also announced her support for the principles of the Governor Cuomo’s “New York Public Trust Act.”

April 16, 2013
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Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein and the Independent Democratic Conference Release Comprehensive Plan to Overhaul Campaign Finance Laws and Implement Comprehensive Public Financing System for State Elections

 

April 12, 2013 - Today, Senate Co-Leader and Independent Democratic Conference Leader Jeffrey D. Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) and members of the IDC proposed sweeping reforms to New York State’s current campaign finance laws. The IDC’s proposal would introduce a comprehensive system of public campaign financing under which all qualifying candidates would be eligible to receive public matching funds. Under the IDC’s plan, candidates opting not to participate in the public financing system would be required to participate in a completely overhauled campaign finance system.

 

April 12, 2013
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Senator Kennedy: Public Trust Act is Important, Necessary Step to Crack Down on Albany Crime Spree

Kennedy urges comprehensive, far-reaching efforts to clean up Albany.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, applauded Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed Public Trust Act and urged his colleagues to join him in pursuit of an aggressive anti-corruption agenda. Kennedy wants the state to take on public corruption and enact strong new reforms to clean up Albany during this legislative session.   

April 9, 2013
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SENATOR GALLIVAN WELCOMES STRONGER ETHICS STANDARDS FOR PUBLIC OFFICIALS

"A spate of recent allegations and arrests involving downstate elected officials have given every New Yorker pause and reason to question the integrity of their elected representative government in Albany. Elected officials are empowered by the people and entrusted to honestly advocate on their behalf. This is a central compact that allows democratic government to function and flourish."

April 9, 2013
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Terminate Pensions For Felon Lawmakers

ONEONTA, 04/08/13 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced he is joining in sponsoring legislation to end  pension benefits for elected officials convicted of felonies.  Senator Seward is also calling for added state funding to assist in the investigation of government corruption.

April 8, 2013
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Caucus Statement on the Nomination of Sheila Abdus-Salaam to the Court of Appeals

Assemblyman Karim Camara, Chair of the New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic, and Asian Legislative Caucus issues a statement after Governor Andrew Cuomo nominated Sheila Abdus-Salaam to the Court of Appeals:

Albany, NY – "We applaud Governor Cuomo for nominating Sheila Abdus-Salaam. It is fitting that she will be the first Black woman to serve. Justice Abdus-Salaam has already showed her commitment to defending our legal system throughout her decades of service. We congratulate her on her nomination and history making achievement. We believe Ms. Abdus-Salaam is highly qualified and deserves a swift confirmation."

April 5, 2013
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Sen. Krueger in Politicker: "Our wild-west campaign finance laws have nurtured a culture of corruption"

In Politicker's continuing coverage of the wave of federal arrests of politicians and political party officials, Liz makes the case that real campaign finance reform is necessary to truly clean up New York politics.

April 4, 2013
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SQUADRON CALLS ON SMITH TO RESIGN

Squadron: This Belongs in 'House of Cards,' Not Our Government

NEW YORK -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron released the following statement regarding allegations against IDC Senator Malcolm Smith and others:

"The charges outlined in today's complaint are simply shocking. This is something that belongs in 'House of Cards,' not an election to decide who will run our city or any part of our government.

April 2, 2013
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Caucus Says "Budget Falls Short"

While there are parts of the budget that are beneficial to the communities we represent, we are greatly disappointed that more was not done to address the needs of the most vulnerable New Yorkers. We were optimistic when many of our top priorities were mentioned as key priorities of the Governor in his State of the State. However, the actual results fell short.

We thank Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins for their leadership during budget negotiations for advocating for the poor, low-income and middle class New Yorkers, but their efforts are only part of the process.

March 28, 2013
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STATE BUDGET PROVIDES REAL TAX RELIEF FOR MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES AND BUSINESSES, ADDRESSES CHALLENGES FACING UPSTATE

ALBANY - The New York State Senate has passed the State Budget on time for the third consecutive year, Senator Patrick M. Gallivan announced today. The spending plan adheres to a self-imposed two percent spending cap, contains significant tax relief for middle-class families and businesses, and also addresses some of the unique challenges facing Western New York.

March 27, 2013
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Legislation for the Common Good: Where Did it Go? Why You Should Care About Campaign Finance Reform

Join Senator Krueger and our distinguished panel as we discuss the importance of our broken campaign finance system, the effort to reform it that's underway, and the practical effects this issue has on the lives of everyday New Yorkers and our community as a whole.

April 11, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
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Assemblyman Karim Camara, Chair of the NYS Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic, and Asian Legislative Caucus Makes a Statement on Newly Released Marijuana Arrest Report

The report’s findings further prove the need for standardization of marijuana offenses. One million hours, over 440,000 arrests, at a cost over $75 million a year for taxpayers in the last decade is unconscionable. We cannot continue to let minor offenses like these ruin the future of innocent New Yorkers, particularly Black and Latino youth. The NYPD’s aggressive stop and frisk policies have led to a weakening of the relationship between the police department and communities of color. It is time to stop wasting millions of dollars in law enforcement resources on a failed policy, while detracting from the prosecution of serious crimes.

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Marijuana Report.pdf

March 19, 2013
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New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic, and Asian Legislative Caucus Join Community Groups to Call for an End to the Marijuana Possession Law

Marijuana possession is the number one arrest is New York City and a top arrest in New York State, leading to racial discrepancies, while costing taxpayers $600 million over last decade

March 12, 2013
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Department of Financial Services to Speek Resolution of Insurance Claims in Areas Affected by SANDY

The NYS Department of Financial Services (DFS) is setting new rules to speed the processing of insurance claims in areas affected by Storm Sandy. The new regulation reduces the amount of time an insurer can delay its decision on a claim, and requires insurers to report to the Department on how many claims it is delaying and the reasons for the delays.

February 27, 2013
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The People’s Budget Equity XXI Report

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The People’s Budget Equity XXI Report

February 15, 2013
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NYS Black, Puerto-Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus Members Call for Passage of Minimum Wage Increase

Citing overwhelming support and outsize need for higher wages in communities of color, lawmakers seek hike to $8.75, plus indexing to inflation

ALBANY — Members of the Black, Puerto-Rican, Hispanic, and Asian Legislative Caucus called Tuesday for the state Legislature to raise the minimum wage to $8.75 and allow for annual increases to keep up with the rising cost of living. Workers of color are the majority of minimum-wage workers in New York State. More than half of the 1.5 million New Yorkers who would benefit from an increase in the minimum wage are Black, Latino or Asian. 

February 12, 2013
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BPHA Caucus 30-Day Letter To Honorable Andrew Cuomo

Honorable Andrew Cuomo Executive Chamber State Capital Albany, NY 12224

Dear Governor Cuomo:

We write to request changes to your state budget and also to highlight specific changes that would support education, the justice system, MWBE, ELL, minimum wage, and school age children. However, we begin by acknowledging our support for a number of your proposals. We appreciate that your budget reflects an increase in minimum wages, as well as a 4.4% growth in education aid. 

February 7, 2013
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Governor Cuomo Outlines 2013-2014 Executive Budget to Maintain Fiscal Responsibility and Continue to Invest in Economic Growth

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo unveiled the proposed 2013-14Executive Budget and Management Plan that builds on two years of balanced, fiscally responsible budgeting and invests in economic development, education reform, rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy, provides support to local governments and school districts, and includes no new taxes or fees.

Highlights of the Executive Budget:

· Eliminates $1.3 billion budget gap with no new taxes or fees. The expected gap for 2013-14 was projected to be $17.4 billion prior to the last two responsible budgets.

· Holds spending increases below 2 percent for third consecutive year.

January 23, 2013
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Senator Kennedy Applauds AG Schneiderman’s New Requirements to Combat ‘Dark Money,’ Boost Transparency in Political Campaigns

New regulations from AG Schneiderman will shed light on the influence of “dark money” in NY government and politics. 

Kennedy says Schneiderman’s new regulations partnered with real campaign finance reform will boost transparency, combat corruption and eliminate undue corporate influence over the will of the people

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, applauded the efforts of Attorney General Eric Schneiderman today as he announced new regulations and reporting requirements that will combat “dark money” and increase transparency in state government and politics.

December 12, 2012
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New York Times Editorial: A Freebie Too Far

Most tennis fans can only dream about receiving the kind of thick, cream-colored invitation that State Senator Tony Avella of Queens got recently in the mail. The United States Tennis Association was pleased to invite him and a guest to view this year’s tennis championships, which begin Aug. 27. They could sit in the President’s Suite. They could pick “one session of your choice” during the first week. This is tennis at its best, viewed from the best seats in Arthur Ashe Stadium.

September 28, 2012
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