On March 15, four hundred members of our community gathered at the first-ever 25th Senate District Community Convention to discuss shared concerns, priorities, and hopes as part of 22 discussion groups. I left the Convention resolved to take our discussions and translate them into action, and to report back on what we heard and the progress we made. Today I want to announce that this report will be in the form of a series of conference calls, beginning next week. The first call will begin with an overview, and each of the four calls will then cover some of the 22 issues fr
After months of bitter dispute, the Cuomo administration and legislative leaders finally reached a deal to strengthen the state’s ethics code. The agreement, which would require more comprehensive financial disclosure statements and ban pay-for-play, was announced just as polling showed the public’s confidence in state government at an all-time low.
“I think we have the seeds of a solution,” the Senate Republican leader told a reporter.
Use Senate Rule VII to Force First Public Forum on Ethics Reform in Almost Two Years
(Albany, NY) Answering the public’s call for immediate action on ethics reform, Senator Daniel Squadron, joined by members of the Senate Democratic Conference will hold the first public forum on ethics reform in nearly two years on Wednesday, May 4th.
ALBANY, N.Y. — New Yorkers long fed up with the behavior of politicians in Albany are expected to get a chance to tweet their opinions on a myriad of bills aimed at cleaning up state government.
New York's Senate Democrats plan what they claim will be the first ethics discussion in Albany in which New Yorkers will be able to comment through the Internet. Wednesday's forum will use a technology that will likely include Twitter to allow New Yorkers statewide to comment on the Democrats' proposals.
The bills include creating a nonpartisan commission to redraw election district lines, stripping convicted elected officials of their pensions, and restricting the use of campaign funds.
Livestream and audience-tweeted questions empower unprecedented public participation to reform Albany
(Albany, NY) Answering the public’s call for immediate action on ethics reform, Senator Daniel Squadron, joined by members of the Senate Democratic Conference will hold the first ever interactive public forum on ethics reform on Wednesday, May 4th, in Albany.
Unable to get the support of Senate Republicans for a hearing, the Senate Democrats held a public forum instead on Wednesday and invited the public to watch online and also submit questions via twitter and facebook. Brooklyn Democrat Daniel Squadron explains their effort.