Issues: Ethics

Messenger Post: New Yorkers deserve real reform

I recently shared my thoughts on the corruption issues plaguing Albany with the Messenger Post family of newspapers:

"I was elected to the New York State Senate last year, and I understand what the residents of Monroe and Ontario Counties expect of me. They trust that I will fight every day to reduce the burden of property taxes, revitalize our economy and encourage growth in emerging technologies to create the jobs of the future. This has been my focus since I took office, but when our Legislature is hit by scandal after scandal, and nearly nine in 10 New Yorkers think corruption is a major problem in our state, it’s difficult for government to work effectively."

May 14, 2013
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Senator José M. Serrano and Assemblywoman Sandy Galef send letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo asking him to Include Member Item Reform in Package of Ethics Reform Legislation

(New York, NY) - Senator José M. Serrano (D- Manhattan/Bronx) and Assemblymember Sandy Galef (D-Westchester/Putnam) sent a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo asking him to support legislation that would reform the current problematic legislative member item system.  In 2010, Serrano and Galef worked together to craft legislation A641/S920 item reform.

May 14, 2013
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Public Hearing: Restoring Voters’ Trust in New York State Government

Independent Democratic ConferenceConf. Leader: Senator Jeffrey D. KleinPublic Hearing: Restoring Voters’ Trust in New York State GovernmentPlace: Hamilton Hearing Room B, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor,Albany, New YorkTime: 10:30 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.Contact: Gabriel Paniza (518) 455-3594Media Contact: Eric Soufer (518) 455-2495ALL TESTIMONY MUST BE SUBMITTED IN WRITING PRIOR TO EVENT

May 20, 10:30 AM - 1:03 PM
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Public Hearing: Restoring Voters’ Trust in New York State Government

Independent Democratic Conference Conf. Leader: Senator Jeffrey D. Klein Public Hearing: Restoring Voters’ Trust in New York State Government Place: 92 Franklin Street, 4th Floor, Buffalo, New York Time: 3:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M. Contact: Gabriel Paniza (518) 455-3594 Media Contact: Eric Soufer (518) 455-2495 ALL TESTIMONY MUST BE SUBMITTED IN WRITING PRIOR TO EVENT

May 13, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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With Yet Another Albany Official in Handcuffs, Kennedy Says Time for Stronger Ethics Laws is Now

State Sen. John Sampson charged today with embezzlement, obstruction of justice, witness tampering 

Kennedy: Immediate action is needed to reform state government and clean up Albany. There’s no time for delay, and there is no room for excuses.

ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, says Albany needs to immediately get to work on stronger laws to prevent public corruption. With another state official now facing serious criminal charges, Kennedy is urging swift action on legislation to stiffen penalties against corruption and to clean up Albany.

May 6, 2013
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Senator Valesky Introduces Legislative Reform Package Including Legislation Prohibiting Lobbyists from Engaging in Political Consulting

ALBANY—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) has introduced a package of legislation aimed at preventing corruption. 

May 6, 2013
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Senator Hoylman Introduces “Ethics Patch” to Close Loopholes in 2011 Laws

Albany, NY (April 29, 2013)—Today, New York State Senator Brad Hoylman introduced the Federal Corruption Loophole Closure Act (S.4807-A) and another bill (S.4836), which together close loopholes in the Public Integrity Reform Act of 2011 that exempted most elected officials in Albany who are convicted of felonies related to their elective office from forfeiture or reduction of their pensions.

April 29, 2013
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Forum/Town Hall: Restoring the Voters' Trust in New York State Government: Reforming New York State's Campaign Finance and Election Laws by Increasing Accountability

Independent Democratic ConferenceSponsor: Senator Jeffrey D. KleinMeeting: Restoring the Voters' Trust in New York State Government: Reforming New York State's Campaign Finance and Election Laws by Increasing Accountability, Closing loopholes, & Implementing Public Finance.Place: 19th Floor Hearing Room, 250 Broadway, New York 10007Time: 3:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.Contact: Gabriel Paniza (518) 455-3594Media Contact: Eric Sonfer (518) 455-2495; TESTIMONY MUST BE SUBMITTED IN WRITING PRIOR TO EVENT.

May 1, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Forum/Town Hall: Restoring the Voters' Trust in New York State Government: Reforming New York State's Campaign Finance and Election Laws by Increasing Accountability

Independent Democratic ConferenceSponsor: Senator Jeffrey D. KleinMeeting: Restoring the Voters' Trust in New York State Government: Reforming New York State's Campaign Finance and Election Laws by Increasing Accountability, Closing Loopholes, & Implementing Public Finance.Place: 110 Route 303, Valley Cottage, New York 10989Time: 3:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.Contact: Gabriel Paniza (518) 455-3594Media Contact: Eric Sonfer (518) 455-2495; TESTIMONY MUST BE SUBMITTED IN WRITING PRIOR TO EVENT.

May 8, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Senator Kennedy Stands with Progressive Coalition to Demand Fair Elections

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Today, a diverse coalition demanded robust campaign finance reform with public financing at its core outside the Erie County Board of Elections. NYS Senator Tim Kennedy, NYS Assemblyman Sean Ryan, Organizing for Action, the Clean Air Coalition, Citizen Action, the Coalition for Economic Justice and several other organizations spoke Thursday morning in favor of passing reform.  

April 26, 2013
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State Doles Out $600,000 Each Year for Corrupt Albany Politicians’ Pensions; Kennedy Pushes Bill to Take Away Disgraced Lawmaker Pensions

Since 1999, 20 Albany politicians have resigned or lost elections after run-ins with the law or ethical failures – and that number may climb higher after the recent political scandals.    

In total, the state has paid out $4.3 million in pension costs to 14 of those 20 individuals. 

Kennedy: Crooked politicians shouldn’t be able to pay their debt to society behind bars while simultaneously being paid by the very society they ripped off. It needs to stop.

April 24, 2013
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Senator Rivera Urges Passage of Tough Ethics Reform Package

(Bronx, NY)Senator Gustavo Rivera (D-Bronx) joined his colleagues in the Senate Democratic Conference on Monday in unveiling a tough legislative ethics package that will serve as a step forward in enacting true ethics reform and restoring the public’s trust.

April 19, 2013
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Senator O'Brien and Democratic Conference unveil tough ethics package

 

ALBANY, N.Y. – The Senate Democratic Conference today unveiled a tough legislative ethics package designed to reform state government and combat the ongoing corruption issues facing New York State. The Conference also announced their support for the principles of the Governor’s legislative package the “New York Public Trust Act.” 

“The events of the past few weeks have shown all New Yorkers more must be done to clean up Albany,” Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said. “Public corruption and the abuse of power by elected officials is a serious problem that must be confronted and eliminated. I urge my colleagues in the Senate Republican Coalition join with the Senate Democratic Conference to clean up Albany.”

April 16, 2013
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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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