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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
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
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

Poll: NYers want action against corruption

A poll finds New Yorkers are upset about recent corruption scandals in Albany, and think that Governor Cuomo should take the lead to clean things up.  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
The Empire Plaza in Albany.
The Empire Plaza in Albany.

Scandal overshadows legislative agenda

The second half of New York's legislative session begins today.

The legislature has a long list of issues on the schedule, including decriminalizing marijuana, women's reproductive rights, and expanding casino gambling in the state.

But the agenda is likely to be dominated by the response to ongoing bribery and corruption scandals that came to light while lawmakers were on spring break.  Go to full article
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announcing the Public Trust Act on April 9, 2013. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/governorandrewcuomo/8634605763/">Gov. Cuomo's office</a>
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announcing the Public Trust Act on April 9, 2013. Photo: Gov. Cuomo's office

NYS reform groups say Cuomo corruption plan good 1st step

Government reform groups say they are pleased that Governor Cuomo has now proposed step one in his plan to clean up corruption in state government, after the high-profile arrests of two state lawmakers.  Go to full article
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announces the Public Trust Act on April 9, 2013. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/governorandrewcuomo/8635713192/in/photostream">Gov. Cuomo's office via Flickr</a>
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announces the Public Trust Act on April 9, 2013. Photo: Gov. Cuomo's office via Flickr

Cuomo looks to give DAs more corruption-fighting power

Governor Cuomo and New York state's district attorneys are pushing for laws to make it easier to prosecute bribery and public corruption cases, in the wake of recent scandals in Albany.  Go to full article
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signs the 2013-14 budget in Buffalo on April 2, 2013. Photo: Gov. Cuomo's office via <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/governorandrewcuomo/">Flickr</a>
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signs the 2013-14 budget in Buffalo on April 2, 2013. Photo: Gov. Cuomo's office via Flickr

Scandal overshadows Cuomo's triumphant budget tour

Governor Cuomo is on a statewide tour to promote the newly-passed state budget, saying it shows that New York is functional again. But in the wake of two recent corruption and bribery arrests of state legislators, not everyone is completely convinced.  Go to full article

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