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Photo: New York state's Division of Veterans' Affairs
Photo: New York state's Division of Veterans' Affairs

New ethics rules for NY counselors of veterans

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York state's Division of Veterans' Affairs has agreed to new ethics rules following an investigation showing two counselors received large inheritances from vets they helped.  Go to full article
Republican Rob Astorino is keeping the controversy over the former Moreland ethics commission alive with press conferences around the state.  Photo: Karen DeWitt
Republican Rob Astorino is keeping the controversy over the former Moreland ethics commission alive with press conferences around the state. Photo: Karen DeWitt

Challenger Astorino gets traction from Cuomo ethics controversy

The little-known and underfunded Republican challenger for governor in New York is getting a boost from incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo's troubles over alleged interference in an ethics panel. The controversy was first reported in an in depth story in the New York Times; Rob Astorino has been doing his best to keep it alive.  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

Cuomo faces growing fall-out from ethics probe report

One of Governor Cuomo' s political opponents is calling on Governor Cuomo to hold an explanatory press conference, and another is demanding that Cuomo to resign after an in depth account in the New York Times reports that the governor's top staff repeatedly interfered in an ethics commission investigation.  Go to full article
Darrel Aubertine as NYS Commissioner of Agriculture in 2012. Photo: NYS
Darrel Aubertine as NYS Commissioner of Agriculture in 2012. Photo: NYS

Aubertine denies link to vote trading allegations

Allegations surfaced in the New York Post this week that longtime North Country politician Darrel Aubertine traded votes for campaign cash in 2008. The Cape Vincent Democrat denies the claims.

Martha Foley spoke with David Sommerstein to sort out who's saying what.  Go to full article
Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart Cousins, Democratic colleagues and government reform advocates announce package of anti corruption bills at the state Capitol. Photo: Karen DeWitt
Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart Cousins, Democratic colleagues and government reform advocates announce package of anti corruption bills at the state Capitol. Photo: Karen DeWitt

NY Senate Democrats push for campaign finance, ethics reforms

Democrats pressing for bills to reform the state's campaign finance system say the U.S. Attorney's investigations into a panel controlled by Gov. Andrew Cuomo might help spur action on their measures. Democrats in the Senate introduced a package of bills that they say would lessen special interest influences in politics and curb some ongoing abuses.  Go to full article

Democrats introduce ethics legislation package

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Democrats in the state senate are introducing legislation to curb the government corruption that has tarnished New York politics.

The minority conference is slated to announce the package of nine bills Tuesday.  Go to full article
JCOPE Chair and Westchester County district attorney Janet DiFiore (right), along with executive director Ellen Biben (left) at a 2012 JCOPE meeting. NCPR file photo: Karen DeWitt
JCOPE Chair and Westchester County district attorney Janet DiFiore (right), along with executive director Ellen Biben (left) at a 2012 JCOPE meeting. NCPR file photo: Karen DeWitt

US Attorney supbeonas documents from state ethics panel

Published reports in the New York Post and New York Daily News say U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara has subpoenaed records from a state ethics panel created by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state legislature.

The reports say the United States Attorney for New York's Southern district has subpoenaed records for all of the cases that the Joint Commission on Public Ethics, or JCOPE, has investigated since it was created by Cuomo and lawmakers three years ago.  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

NYS corruption commission shouldn't have ended, say polled voters

A new poll finds that Gov. Andrew Cuomo is still feeling the fallout from the demise of his Moreland Commission, a panel that was investigating corruption in the legislature. Cuomo disbanded the commission as part of the state budget deal.

The Siena poll finds Cuomo's decision to end the Moreland Commission in the midst of a corruption probe doesn't sit well with voters. Since the budget was settled, US Attorney Preet Bharara has said he'll continue with the investigations, and has asked for and received all of the paperwork on the probes.  Go to full article
This graph shows the rise in lobbying between 1992 and 2013. Image: JCOPE annual report
This graph shows the rise in lobbying between 1992 and 2013. Image: JCOPE annual report

More than $200 million spent on NYS lobbying, report finds

A new record has been reached in spending on lobbying in New York, according to a report released by the state's ethics commission. It finds over $200 million was spent, mostly by a few top interests, to try to influence government and policy in Albany.

The report, by the Joint Commission on Public Ethics, finds $210 million was spent by lobbyists to mostly influence state and local governments. That's nearly $1 million for each of the 213 Senators and Assemblymembers.  Go to full article

New York state anti-corruption panel ends as part of budget deal

The recently-enacted state budget marks the end of a commission that was investigating corruption in the legislature. Gov. Andrew Cuomo agreed to dismantle the Moreland Act panel as part of a deal on ethics reform.  Go to full article

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