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<a The Joint Commission on Public Ethics launched the website and phone line on Monday. href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/shenghunglin/510090026">Shenhung Lin</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Shenhung Lin, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY ethics and lobbying commission creates tip line

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The commission in charge of regulating ethics and lobbying in New York government has created a tip line and website for people to report alleged violations by state officials and lobbyists.

The Joint Commission on Public Ethics launched the website and phone line on Monday. Callers can dial 1-800-87-ETHICS to report violations, including improper gifts, conflicts of interest, nepotism, abuse of power and sexual harassment.  Go to full article
Senator Malcolm A. Smith. Photo: New York State Senate
Senator Malcolm A. Smith. Photo: New York State Senate

Untranslated tapes could stall NY corruption trial

NEW YORK (AP) The corruption trial of state Sen. Malcolm Smith and two others may be stalled due to 300 untranslated Yiddish recordings. The New York Times says federal prosecutors didn't' turn over the recordings to defense lawyers until the trial was well underway.

They were made or received by Moses Stern, a Rockland County developer turned government informer.  Go to full article
Gov. Andrew Cuomo in July, 2013, announcing the formation of the "Commission to Investigate Public Corruption" under the Moreland Act. Photo: Gov. Cuomo's office via <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/governorandrewcuomo/9194313964/in/set-72157634442666751">Flickr</a>
Gov. Andrew Cuomo in July, 2013, announcing the formation of the "Commission to Investigate Public Corruption" under the Moreland Act. Photo: Gov. Cuomo's office via Flickr

NY lawmakers warned on corruption commission files

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Members of New York's Legislature have been asked by a federal prosecutor to preserve any material relating to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's defunct anti-corruption commission.  Go to full article
Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Photo: Karen DeWitt.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Photo: Karen DeWitt.

Cuomo wants tougher NY bribery law

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he wants to make it easier to convict public officials of bribery, as well as those who seek to buy their influence.

Under current law, prosecutors must prove the person paying the bribe and the official receiving it have an illicit agreement.  Go to full article

Ethics panel meets for final time in 2013

The state ethics board held its final meeting of the year, and announced no major decisions or initiatives. As Karen DeWitt reports, critics say that's normal for the controversial Joint Commission on Public Ethics, and they say that's part of the problem  Go to full article
Photo: Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office via Flickr
Photo: Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office via Flickr

2014: the year of reform?

This year saw more state lawmakers indicted, jailed, convicted, and even participating in the wiretapping some of their colleagues. The continued corruption spurred Governor Cuomo to appoint a commission to look into the legislature. Will 2014 be the year Albany finally sees reform?  Go to full article
New York State Capitol. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/94064020@N00/4426413686/">Jason Paris</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
New York State Capitol. Photo: Jason Paris, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Is Cuomo's corruption commission going off the rails?

News reports in recent days portray Governor Andrew Cuomo's Moreland Act Commission on corruption as possibly going off the rails. Government reform groups say they are concerned and want some answer  Go to full article

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo announces the formation of the "Commission to Investigate Public Corruption" under the Moreland Act and Executive Law Section 63(8) to probe systemic public corruption and the appearance of such corruption in state government, political campaigns and elections in New York State. Photo:  Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office via Flickr
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announces the formation of the "Commission to Investigate Public Corruption" under the Moreland Act and Executive Law Section 63(8) to probe systemic public corruption and the appearance of such corruption in state government, political campaigns and elections in New York State. Photo: Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office via Flickr

Reform groups identify loophole for big campaign donations

A leading government reform group has some advice for Governor Cuomo's Moreland Act Commission's ongoing investigations into campaign financing. They say it should look at a major loophole that has allowed $98 million in unlimited donations to flow into what's known as party housekeeping accounts.  Go to full article
William Rapfogel (left), with Speaker Silver. Photo via <a href="http://www.metcouncil.org/site/PageServer">Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty</a>
William Rapfogel (left), with Speaker Silver. Photo via Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty

Husband of top Silver aide fired amidst criminal investigation

There's more bad news for people with ties to Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. And it's putting pressure on the Speaker's ability to keep his post.

The husband of a top aid to the Assembly Speaker has been fired from his job at a top New York City not-for-profit organization, and is under criminal investigation by the State Attorney General.  Go to full article

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