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Dollar bills blast from the horns on the political bandwagon in this allegorical artwork "Money and Politics." Artwork: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/34239598@N00/8160244085/">Carl Glover</a>, CC some rights reserved
Dollar bills blast from the horns on the political bandwagon in this allegorical artwork "Money and Politics." Artwork: Carl Glover, CC some rights reserved

Smith scandal reverberates through NY political circles

The scandal centered around new York State Senator Malcolm Smith is setting off repercussions in both political parties and at every level of New York state's government.

The state's Republican Party Chair is calling on two top party officials in New York City accused of taking tens of thousands of dollars in bribes to resign their posts. Governor Cuomo, on an upstate tour to promote the recently passed state budget, is dogged by questions about the scandal instead.  Go to full article
Eric Stevenson. Photo: <a href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/?ad=079&sh=photos"> NYS Assembly</a>
Eric Stevenson. Photo: NYS Assembly

Corruption accusations for NYS assemblyman

Two days after a New York state Senator was arrested for trying to bribe his way onto the New York City mayoral ballot, a state Assemblyman has been accused of accepting payments to sponsor legislation that would benefit developers of an adult day care center in the Bronx.

The charges bring the number now to over 30 state legislators accused or convicted of varying degrees of wrongdoing in the past decade.  Go to full article

State investigates Long Island Power Authority

Governor Andrew Cuomo is cracking down on a state power authority, announcing that he will have his Inspector General audit it's rate raising decisions to determine whether it is over- billing rate payers. The governor also spoke about another energy related topic- the high price of gas and whether to roll back the state's gas tax for summer drivers. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article
Itís the fox guarding the henhouse. It doesnít work.

Leaders still apart on ethics reform

One of the top issues of the post budget session is ethics reform.
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says he and Governor Cuomo have an understanding on legislation. But the governor says he's not quite there yet. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Bruno's corruption trial gets underway

The corruption trial of former Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno gets underway in a federal courthouse in Albany Monday. There is some dispute, though, about the statute that Bruno has been charged under, known as the "theft of honest services" clause. Karen DeWitt explains.  Go to full article
Former Rep. John Sweeney campaigns in 2006
Former Rep. John Sweeney campaigns in 2006

Breaking: FBI subpoenas ORDA over Rep. Sweeney trips to Lake Placid

The FBI has subpoenaed information from Lake Placid's Olympic Regional Development Authority as part of an investigation that apparently targets former Congressman John Sweeney. The Albany Times-Union is reporting that Federal agents are probing Sweeney's taxpayer-funded trips that ended in 2006 when he lost a bid for re-election. Martha Foley has details.  Go to full article
North Country Empire Zones
North Country Empire Zones

Empire Zones face new criticism, probe

State officials are scrutinizing thousands of New York businesses that signed up for tax breaks under the Empire Zone program. The Spitzer administration says as many as three thousand companies may have failed to meet their goals for expanding jobs. More than 240 businesses in the North Country are on the list. The Empire Zones have exploded in cost over the last seven years, growing from $30 million in 2000 to a projected $550 million this year. Supporters say those subsidies have boosted business in struggling communities. But critics say taxpayers aren't getting much bang for their buck. Today and tomorrow, we'll talk with a variety of experts, including officials with Empire State Development, and a business owner who signed up for the tax breaks. To get the big picture, Brian Mann spoke with Michelle Breidenbach, a reporter for the Syracuse Post-Standard. Her newspaper has published a series of investigative reports about Empire Zones.  Go to full article

Investigation of Comptroller's office expands

The probe of possible illegal activities at the State Comptroller's office is widening, as the newly appointed State Comptroller, and State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, announced a widening of the investigation. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

AG Cuomo plans Albany corruption probe

Newly elected Attorney General Andrew Cuomo and Albany County District Attorney David Soares have teamed up to investigate corruption at the Capitol. They say they are responding to a new era and tone in state government that demands reform. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.  Go to full article

Albany gets down to work

Newly elected Governor Eliot Spitzer, on the first working day of the legislative session, paid a call on the leader of the opposition, Senate majority leader, Joe Bruno, and the rest of the Senate Republican leaders. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

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