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.
"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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."