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Cuomo, lawmakers push campaign finance changes

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A day after penning an op-ed piece arguing for campaign finance reform, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has support from two key lawmakers and Senate Republicans involved in negotiations.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says Wednesday he's encouraged that Cuomo is pushing public financing of campaigns, which would match small donor contributions with state funds.  Go to full article
Inside the Capitol. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/54021469@N00/394233312/">Holley St. Germain</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Inside the Capitol. Photo: Holley St. Germain, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Unfinished business for the NY legislature

There's around two months left in the legislative session, and a number of issues left on the agenda. But it's uncertain how many of them will actually become law.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who's failed to achieve a number of progressive items over the last two years, including public campaign finance reform and a Women's Equality Act, told the Democratic Rural Conference that he'll try to get them passed in the state legislature in the next eight weeks, before the session ends in June.  Go to full article
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Cuomo, leaders admit some unfinished budget issues

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders are touting the virtues of the newly enacted state budget, but the spending plan has its share of critics.  Go to full article
The New York State Senate chamber, the site of a late-night debate on campaign finance reform. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/32051524@N08/5194328403/">JvL</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
The New York State Senate chamber, the site of a late-night debate on campaign finance reform. Photo: JvL, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Public campaign financing is in Senate budget; what does it mean?

For the first time, New York's state Senate has included Gov. Andrew Cuomo's plan for public campaign financing in its budget resolution. The inclusion of public campaign financing would seem to signal an abrupt change of policy for Republicans, who co-lead the Senate. The GOP has long maintained that a matching small donor plan using public funds is a waste of the taxpayers' money, and would only lead to more annoying "robocalls."

The sparsely-worded provision, however, has raised many more questions than answers. It simply says that the Senate intends to "modify" Cuomo's proposal to "adopt a system of public campaign finance."  Go to full article
Empire Plaza in Albany.
Empire Plaza in Albany.

Reformers focus on "useless" state Board of Elections

Reform groups are focusing attention on Governor Cuomo's anti corruption commission's recommendations to beef up the anemic State Board of Elections but say they have not given up hope of public campaign financing for state wide races.  Go to full article
A lot of things will need to come together inside the NYS Capitol to get to an end-of-session deal. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/54021469@N00/394233312/">Holley St. Germain</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
A lot of things will need to come together inside the NYS Capitol to get to an end-of-session deal. Photo: Holley St. Germain, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Down to the wire on hot-button issues in Albany

It's getting down to the wire for major pieces of legislation still pending in Albany. As the end of session approaches in Albany, there are no agreements yet on a number of hot-button issues, including women's rights and campaign finance reform.

But that's not unusual in a government where last minute deals are part of the routine.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/25947183@N04/5728324248/">Ove Overmeyer</a>, CC some rights reserved
Photo: Ove Overmeyer, CC some rights reserved

Is it time for reform at the state Board of Elections?

Anti-corruption proposals are proliferating in Albany, following two high profile bribery scandals. Some of them focus on the long neglected state Board of Elections, which hasn't even had an investigator on staff in over a year.  Go to full article
NY Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. Photo: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:SpeakerSilver.jpg">NYer42</a>, public domain
NY Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. Photo: NYer42, public domain

Cuomo, Assembly Dems roll out reform ideas

At the New York State Capitol, lawmakers are scrambling to put forward plans responding to the recent twin corruption scandals involving bribery charges against a state Senator and Assemblyman.

Tuesday it was the Assembly Democrats' turn to weigh in, while Gov. Andrew Cuomo rolled out two more components of his own reform plan.  Go to full article
Move On, Occupy and other groups protest corruption in Albany outside Senate chamber with Hall of Shame of convicted or charged lawmakers. Photo: Karen DeWitt
Move On, Occupy and other groups protest corruption in Albany outside Senate chamber with Hall of Shame of convicted or charged lawmakers. Photo: Karen DeWitt

Lawmakers return to confront scandals

New York State lawmakers returned to work after a two week spring break. It's their first meeting since two lawmakers have been charged with bribery in corruption scandals.  Go to full article

Reform Group: Big campaign donations mean big tax loopholes

A group pressing for public campaign financing has compiled a list of large corporations who gave hundreds of thousands of dollars to some New York lawmakers. They charge that the donations are preventing the legislature from closing what they say are corporate tax loopholes.  Go to full article

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