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Pataki Ranks Lobbying Reform at Top of Agenda

Governor George Pataki says reform of lobbying practices and crime initiatives are some of his top priorities for the legislative session, which is set to end June 23. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.  Go to full article

114th Assembly Candidates Throw Verbal Punches

The race for the 114th Assembly district has turned harsh in recent weeks, fueled by dissatisfaction with Albany and by a huge infusion of cash from the Democratic Party. Incumbent Republican Chris Ortloff and challenger Bernie Bassett have traded accusations about jobs and the dysfunctional legislature. Brian Mann reports from Plattsburgh.  Go to full article

In the 114th District, Anger At Albany From Both Sides

In the 114th Assembly District, Plattsburgh Republican Chris Ortloff faces a challenge from Democrat Bernie Bassett, a former school principal from Morrisonville. Ortloff won his last election by a three-to-one margin. But this year, Bassett has received more than thirty-five thousand dollars in financial support from the state Democratic party, which hopes to claim a second assembly seat in the North Country. As Brian Mann reports, the campaign is being shaped by deep public anger over gridlock in Albany.  Go to full article

Groups Urge NYS Campaign Finance Reform

Good government groups continue to press for public financing of campaigns in New York. They say a survey they've done shows that currently, most donations to the state legislature come from business and union interests. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Elections Board Report Criticized

Advocates for the disabled are critical of a new report by the state board of elections on how to improve voter access in New York. They say the report is too vague, and may end up disenfranchising some voters. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

On the Street: Vermont Town Meetings

Today people in Vermont will vote on local issues ranging from taxes to growth ordinances. Many will stick around their polling place for the annual town meeting. The town meeting is a Vermont tradition, mandated in the state constitution. Some call it democracy at its best. Others say the influx of newcomers and the fact that the meetings are held when many people are working make it an ailing institution. David Sommerstein was in Vermont last weekend. He asked Vermonters from Colchester, Winooski, South Hero, Hinesburg, and Burlington if they plan to go to town meeting and what issues they'd like discussed there.  Go to full article

Assembly Speaker Silver Takes Campaign Finance to Floor

The speaker of the State Assembly made a rare appearance today on the floor of his chamber. Sheldon Silver debated a bill introducing public financing of legislative and statewide campaigns in New York state. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

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