Apr 10, 2014 — 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
Apr 07, 2014 — 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
Albany, NY, Mar 27, 2012 — 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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Albany, NY, Apr 07, 2011 — 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
Albany, NY, Mar 08, 2011 — 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
Pierrepont Manor, NY, Jun 18, 2009 — 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
Dec 06, 2007 — 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
Jul 13, 2006 — An Assembly committee put Olympic Regional Development Authority President and CEO Ted Blazer under the microscope Tuesday over the Congressional Winter Challenge. The annual retreat has been held in Lake Placid since 1998. Supporters say it's a way to get support for federal aid to Lake Placid's Olympic venues. But, as Chris Knight reports, critics believe the event is a taxpayer funded vacation for lobbyists. Go to full article
Mar 17, 2006 — The New York State Lobbying Commission has enacted one of the toughest in the nation gift restrictions for lobbyists who provide dinners, stadium tickets, or other complementary services to legislators. Karen DeWitt reports. Go to full article