NEW YORK – The Rev. Al Sharpton, Senator Eric T. Schneiderman and Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries joined forces with a statewide coalition today to announce a new organizing campaign plan to end prison-based gerrymandering in New York State before the 2010 Census.
Schneiderman bill includes stricter campaign finance rules and greater penalties for violations, increased disclosure of outside income for legislators, enhancements to the lobby law, strengthened legislative and executive oversight
As a matter of transparency, the Special Committee of Inquiry took the extraordinary step of having a court reporter maintain a stenographic record of every meeting, including executive sessions. Transcripts are now available from these meetings for download below.
The transcripts below are available in both .txt and .pdf format.
You can also find these transcripts in other formats on our Open Legislation page here.
The devastation in Haiti is heartbreaking beyond words. I am proud that our national government is moving quickly to provide assistance, but at a time of such incomprehensible loss we all have an individual responsibility, as well as a collective one, to contribute to the relief effort.
The Special Committee of Inquiry, chaired by Senator Eric T. Schneiderman, to investigate the conduct for which Senator Hiram Monserrate was convicted by the State Supreme Court of Queens County, today released its final report with recommendations.
Bill HammondSupporters of same-sex marriage sadly lost the 38-to-24 vote in the state Senate last week, but they won the argument.On the merits, the debate wasn't even close.In fact, with the lonely exception of Bronx Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr., opponents literally said nothing to justify denying equal marital rights to tens of thousands of New Yorkers.The only word 37 of them spoke was "no."Their collective silence was shameful.
New York’s campaign finance system ranks among the nation’s worst. With gaping loopholes, sky-high contribution limits, lax enforcement, and no statewide public funding program – this failed system is in desperate need of reform.