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NY ethics and lobbying commission creates tip line

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The commission in charge of regulating ethics and lobbying in New York government has created a tip line and website for people to report alleged violations by state officials and lobbyists.

The Joint Commission on Public Ethics launched the website and phone line on Monday. Callers can dial 1-800-87-ETHICS to report violations, including improper gifts, conflicts of interest, nepotism, abuse of power and sexual harassment.  Go to full article
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Papayas in Hawaii have been genetically engineered to resist the ringspot virus. Photo: USDA, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Big agribusiness fights GMO labeling in New York

Advocates of labeling genetically modified crops (GMOs, or genetically modified organisms) recently made some progress in New York State. Last week, a labeling bill moved forward in the State Assembly committee system. Now, the bill's opponents in the agriculture industry are fighting back. This after Vermont passed the first GMO labeling law in the nation last week.

Food companies say modifying a crop's DNA is not dangerous. And the majority of scientific research supports that claim, according to a recent report from the Associated Press. But many people say consumers should still have a right to know whether the foods they buy contain GMOs.  Go to full article

Bid renewed to bar lobbyists from NY pensions

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Two New York legislators are renewing their bid to remove employees of municipal trade associations from the state pension system for government workers after efforts failed to do it through the new state budget.

Their bills would prohibit the private-sector staff of the New York State Association of Counties and the New York Conference of Mayors from the system.  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

NY ethics panel: $210M spent lobbying last year

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York's ethics commission reports $210 million was spent on state and local lobbying last year.

The Joint Commission on Public Ethics, in its 2013 annual report, says its enforcement cases resulted in more than $450,000 in penalties.  Go to full article

State ethics panel finds $220 million spent on lobbying in 2011

The seemingly-recession-proof business of lobbying grew once again in New York last year. The state's ethics panel has announced it found a total of $220 million was spent to influence the governor and members of the legislature. In Albany, Karen DeWitt has the details:  Go to full article
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Leaders still apart on ethics reform

One of the top issues of the post budget session is ethics reform.
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says he and Governor Cuomo have an understanding on legislation. But the governor says he's not quite there yet. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Beverage and health care industries top lobbyists in new NYPIRG report

A new study finds lobbyists spent more than ever influencing lawmakers in Albany last year. The New York Public Interest Research Group says $210 million was spent lobbying the state capitol. NYPIRG legislative director Blair Horner says one industry stands out.  Go to full article

McHugh won't return campaign cash, for now

Congressman John McHugh is awaiting confirmation as the next Secretary of the Army. With the heightened profile comes greater scrutiny. A government watchdog group is questioning a campaign contribution McHugh received from a lobbying firm under investigation by the FBI. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Cuomo peels back the curtain of state government

State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo unveiled a new website Wednesday that he says will help the public become more informed on what their government is doing, and hopefully, restore some public trust. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

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