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Montreal interim mayor Michael Applebaum, photographed in 2009. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/22168167@N00/4285756633/">abdallahh</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved - See <a href="http://blogs.northcountrypublicradio.org/inbox/2013/06/17/montreal-mayor-michael-applebaum-arrested-on-14-charges/">more at the In Box</a>
Montreal interim mayor Michael Applebaum, photographed in 2009. Photo: abdallahh, Creative Commons, some rights reserved - See more at the In Box

Montreal mayor Michael Applebaum arrested

Another Canadian mayor is in political trouble. Montreal mayor Michael Applebaum was arrested on multiple corruption charges early yesterday morning. Now, Quebec premier Pauline Marois is calling for Applebaum to resign.  Go to full article
NY Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. Photo: NYer42, public domain
NY Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. Photo: NYer42, public domain

Silver moves on from Lopez controversy

One day after the state's powerful Assembly Speaker admitted "glaring failures" in his handling of a sexual abuse case, the Albany establishment seemed to be moving on, with the usual round of press conferences, bill passage, and leaders meetings.  Go to full article
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

Buffalo Democrat calls on Silver to resign

New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is facing pressure to step down, after he acknowledged mishandling sexual harassment complaints against Assembly member Vito Lopez.

Lopez resigned Monday after reports by a special prosecutor and the state Joint Commission on Public Ethics detailed claims by women against him.

Silver has issued an apology for his handling of the case, which spanned years and involved at least four women staffers before it was revealed.  Go to full article
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver shares the podium with farmworker rights activist Kerry Kennedy. Photo: Karen DeWitt
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver shares the podium with farmworker rights activist Kerry Kennedy. Photo: Karen DeWitt

Lawmakers carry on despite scandals

Lawmakers in Albany tried to carry on as usual in the wake of one of the worst scandals in recent decades. Recent corruption arrests have overshadowed most other news coming out of the Capitol. And much of this week's legislative session has been cancelled.

But politicians who were in town insisted that their agendas are not being derailed.  Go to full article
The New York State Senate chamber. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/-jvl-/5194328403/">JvL</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
The New York State Senate chamber. Photo: JvL, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Nine more NY Senators named for possible corruption

Nine more names of State Senators and others potentially involved in corruption were made public Wednesday, when a judge ordered prosecutors in the case of convicted ex-Senator Shirley Huntley to make public the names of her colleagues that she had secretly recorded.  Go to full article
Protesters banned from the Republican-led hearing try to listen through an open window. Photo: Karen DeWitt
Protesters banned from the Republican-led hearing try to listen through an open window. Photo: Karen DeWitt

Dispute over access overshadows NYS campaign finance hearing

A hearing by Senate Republicans on New York City's public campaign financing system was overshadowed by protests, as government reform groups and other members of the public were denied entry, and noisy protests ensued.  Go to full article
Former NY Senate Democratic Leader John Sampson. Photo: Karen DeWitt
Former NY Senate Democratic Leader John Sampson. Photo: Karen DeWitt

Another State Senator arrested

Former Senate Democratic Leader John Sampson turned himself in to federal authorities Monday, after being accused in a nine count indictment of embezzling nearly half a million dollars from mortgage foreclosure accounts, and then trying to cover it up.

According to the federal compliant, Senator Sampson is accused of embezzling $440,000 in funds that he was entrusted to care for as a court appointed referee on four foreclosed Brooklyn properties.  Go to full article
New York Sen. John Sampson. Photo via <a href="http://www.nysenate.gov/senator/john-l-sampson">nysenate.gov
New York Sen. John Sampson. Photo via nysenate.gov

Early reactions to Sampson corruption arrest

Former Senate Democratic Leader John Sampson turned himself in to federal authorities Monday, after being accused in a nine count indictment of embezzling nearly half a million dollars from mortgage foreclosure accounts, and then trying to cover it up.

According to the federal compliant, Senator Sampson is accused of embezzling $440,000 in funds that he was entrusted to care for as a court appointed referee on four foreclosed Brooklyn properties.  Go to full article
Graphic from VT human trafficking task force [http://www.ccvs.state.vt.us/nomoreslaves]
Graphic from VT human trafficking task force [http://www.ccvs.state.vt.us/nomoreslaves]

Joining forces to stop North Country human trafficking

Human trafficking is a growing problem across the country...including here in the North Country. Undocumented farmworkers can be threatened with deportation. Sex workers or foreign brides can be held against their will. Foreign students with visas to work at Adirondack tourism destinations are vulnerable.

Law enforcement and area not-for-profits are joining forces to stop human trafficking in the North Country. Representatives from Homeland Security, the state attorney general's office and labor department, and social service agencies from St. Lawrence, Jefferson, and Franklin counties met earlier this month at SUNY Potsdam. They were joined by not-for-profits that help immigrants, domestic violence victims, and other vulnerable people.

Renan Salgado is a human trafficking specialist with the Worker Justice Center of New York. He's organizing the North Country human trafficking task force. He spoke with David Sommerstein.  Go to full article
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announces new anti-corruption legislation on April 9, 2013. Photo: Gov. Cuomo's office via <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/57782386@N06">Flickr</a>
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announces new anti-corruption legislation on April 9, 2013. Photo: Gov. Cuomo's office via Flickr

Corruption still Albany's topic A

What to do about corruption in the ranks is the dominant topic for the New York State legislature for the second week in a row. The furor comes after bribery charges against two state lawmakers, including a former Senate leader.

Now a new poll finds 81 percent of voters expect more Senators and Assemblymembers will be arrested.  Go to full article

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