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Gov. Andrew Cuomo announcing the formation of the "Commission to Investigate Public Corruption" under the Moreland Act. Photo:  Gov. Cuomo's office
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announcing the formation of the "Commission to Investigate Public Corruption" under the Moreland Act. Photo: Gov. Cuomo's office

Senate Republicans fight Moreland Commission subpoenas

Republicans in the Senate, who are targets of subpoenas by Governor Cuomo's anti-corruption Moreland Act Commission, are fighting back in court.  Go to full article
New York State Capitol. Photo: Jason Paris, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
New York State Capitol. Photo: Jason Paris, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Ethics commission weighs transparency, politics and safety in donor disclosure

A political controversy has erupted this summer at the state's ethics commission. It stems from whether some not-for-profit groups should be granted exemptions from publicly disclosing their donors if disclosure would put their safety at risk.

An abortion rights advocacy group's exemption has raised hackles in the NY Senate, some of whose GOP members the group has said it will oppose in future campaigns.  Go to full article
Former JCOPE Chair Janet DiFiore (right), along with former executive director Ellen Biben (left) at a JCOPE meeting. Both have resigned from the panel. Photo: Karen DeWitt
Former JCOPE Chair Janet DiFiore (right), along with former executive director Ellen Biben (left) at a JCOPE meeting. Both have resigned from the panel. Photo: Karen DeWitt

Appointees resign amidst lack of faith in ethics panel

The state ethics commission met Tuesday, and spent most of its time in a private session, as a key appointee of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver resigned from the board.  Go to full article

NY DA: Lopez conduct "alarming" but not a crime

A New York prosecutor says he's found no crime after investigating sexual harassment allegations by female staff members of Assemblyman Vito Lopez, a Brooklyn Democrat.

But Staten Island District Attorney Daniel Donovan said what he found was "alarming," and he admonished higher-level state officials who he said allowed Lopez's behavior through secret settlements and confidentiality.

Meanwhile, the state Joint Commission on Public Ethics found Lopez's actions violated the public trust.  Go to full article
Vito Lopez, speaking on a bill in New York's Assembly. Photo: <a href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Vito-J-Lopez/">New York State Assembly</a>
Vito Lopez, speaking on a bill in New York's Assembly. Photo: New York State Assembly

Will the ethics report on the Lopez scandal be released this month?

The state ethics commission report on the Assemblyman Vito Lopez sexual harassment scandal might finally be made public later this month.  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
Vito Lopez, speaking on a bill in New York's Assembly. Photo: <a href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Vito-J-Lopez/">New York State Assembly</a>
Vito Lopez, speaking on a bill in New York's Assembly. Photo: New York State Assembly

Group pushes for NYS ethics report to be made public

A government reform group is calling for a state ethics panel report to be made public, one day after the panel investigating charges against Brooklyn Assemblyman Vito Lopez sent a report to the legislative ethics committee.  Go to full article
Bill Owens faces an extended ethics review following his controversial 2011 trip to Taiwan. NCPR file photo
Bill Owens faces an extended ethics review following his controversial 2011 trip to Taiwan. NCPR file photo

Owens faces further ethics probe for Taiwan junket

The House Ethics Committee announced yesterday that it is extending its review of Congressman Bill Owens' controversial trip to Taiwan in 2011. The panel also released a preliminary report from investigators.

That probe found that the Democrat from Plattsburgh may have violated congressional guidelines by making a trip paid for by a foreign government.

Investigators are also calling for subpoenas to be issued in the next phase of the probe.  Go to full article

NY State ethics board under criticism for lack of transparency

The state's ethics board is coming under criticism as it launches an investigation that's believed to focus on a sexual harassment scandal in the Assembly. The secrecy rules governing the Joint Commission on Public Ethics are causing some unanticipated problems.  Go to full article

NY State ethics board tight-lipped on harrassment scandal

The state's ethics board held a closed door meeting Tuesday, and JCOPE is believed to be discussing whether to investigate Brooklyn Assemblyman Vito Lopez, and possibly Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, over a sexual harassment scandal.  Go to full article

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