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News stories tagged with "ethics"

Ethics reform a "black and white" issue for Cuomo

New York's new governor, Andrew Cuomo, campaigned on a pledge to clean up Albany. State government has been plagued by scandals and investigations, from "troopergate" which saw theft of services charges against the former Senate Majority leader Joe Bruno, to charges brought against former comptroller Alan Hevesi.

Cuomo drew applause when he repeated his pledge of ethics reform during his State of the State speech Wednesday. Karen DeWitt has more.  Go to full article

Paterson fined over Yankees tickets

Governor Paterson has been fined over $62,000 by the state's ethics panel, which accuses him of illegally soliciting free tickets to a Yankees World Series game for himself, his son, his son's friend and aides, then lying about it in a cover up. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Albany DA to decide whether to prosecute Paterson for perjury

It's now up to the Albany County District Attorney to decide whether Governor David Paterson should be prosecuted for perjury, following a report that found Paterson misled an ethics panel over payment for tickets to a Yankees World Series game. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Senate comes to Albany, stays away from tough issues

The New York State Senate met in a special one day session yesterday. The senators approved Governor Paterson's choice to head the MTA. But the Senate, still closely divided after a bitter leadership standoff in June, failed to pass ethics reform, and stayed away from other more controversial measures, including the state's budget deficit. And there was some drama. Karen DeWitt was there.  Go to full article

No ethics reform, for now

There's unlikely to be any agreement on reforming the state's troubled ethics commission until the fall, now that Governor Paterson has agree to allow the Assembly to hold hearings on the matter, a process that could take months. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Renewed calls for ethics reform in Albany

Government reform groups, fed up with scandals, indictments, even jail terms for state lawmakers, have drafted their own legislation to improve ethics laws in New York State. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

AG establishes wind power ethics code

Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has developed a code of ethics for wind power projects in New York. The guidelines announced yesterday cover conflicts of interest between wind developers and local officials. They set fines of up to $100,000. Noble Environmental Power, which operates three wind farms in Clinton county, is one of two companies to sign on to the ethics code. But the agreement doesn't end probes into potential wrongdoing. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
Diane Sawyer, ABC, Disney, face lawsuit from North Country woman (PHOTO:  ABC News)
Diane Sawyer, ABC, Disney, face lawsuit from North Country woman (PHOTO: ABC News)

Controversial ABC documentary filmed in Vermontville sparks lawsuit

The Plattsburgh Press-Republican reported Thursday morning that a Lake Placid woman is suing ABC News, the Walt Disney Corporation, and news anchor Diane Sawyer. In her suit, Kyle Nelson claims that the network should have alerted authorities to abuse that they captured on film in her Vermontville home five years ago. The physical abuse was recorded while ABC was working on a documentary for the program "Primetime." The show's producers never contacted the police or social welfare agencies. Brian Mann's story first aired in 2006. The Plattsburgh Press- Republican is reporting that Kyle Nelson, now age 20, has declined to discuss her lawsuit against ABC with the media.  Go to full article

Ethics panel meets

The New York State Ethics Commission met Friday, and discussed several on-going cases, including an investigation of a former business partner of Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno. But the panel made no mention of a continuing probe of top aides to Governor Eliot Spitzer. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Feerick to head state Ethics Commission

Governor Eliot Spitzer has named Fordham Law School Dean John Feerick to head the state's new ethics Commission. It's a repeat performance for Feerick, who chaired a similar reform committee 20 years ago. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

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