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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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Cuomo, leaders admit some unfinished budget issues

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders are touting the virtues of the newly enacted state budget, but the spending plan has its share of critics.  Go to full article

NY ethics panel proposes 90-day broadcast blackout

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York's ethics board has proposed a 90-day pre-election blackout on appearances in public service announcements by statewide officials and legislators who are also candidates.

The Joint Commission on Public Ethics, which agreed Tuesday to advance the proposal for public comment, says it applies to PSAs by nonprofit groups and the government.  Go to full article

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Cuomo tries again for anti-corruption reform

Governor Cuomo, in his State of the State speech, once again called for a reform package to address corruption in the legislature. Last year, bills to crack down on bribery and enact public campaign financing were never passed.  Go to full article

Ethics panel meets for final time in 2013

The state ethics board held its final meeting of the year, and announced no major decisions or initiatives. As Karen DeWitt reports, critics say that's normal for the controversial Joint Commission on Public Ethics, and they say that's part of the problem  Go to full article
Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Photo: Karen DeWitt.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Photo: Karen DeWitt.

Cuomo says reform a priority, but not the first priority

The new legislative session is just a few weeks away. Governor Cuomo says he'll still make anti-corruption measures a high priority as he did in 2013. But he says he'll likely deal with economic issues like proposed tax cuts first.  Go to full article
Empire Plaza in Albany.
Empire Plaza in Albany.

Reformers focus on "useless" state Board of Elections

Reform groups are focusing attention on Governor Cuomo's anti corruption commission's recommendations to beef up the anemic State Board of Elections but say they have not given up hope of public campaign financing for state wide races.  Go to full article

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