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ORDA Ski Weekend Scrutinized

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

NYS Enacts Tough Lobby Gift Ban

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

Pataki and Lawmakers Agree on Two Key Reforms

Governor Pataki and the legislature have agreed to two key reforms, greater regulation of lobbying for government contracts, and changes to comply with federal requirements for voting reform. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Near-Record Lobbying on Failed Olympic Stadium

A near record amount of money - almost $42 million - was spent on lobbying for the recently defeated West Side stadium proposal. Madison Square Garden and its owner, Cablevision, which opposed the project, outspent the New York Jets by a nearly two to one margin. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Lobbying Reform - in Some Form - on Albany's Agenda

Governor Pataki is pushing for a ban on lobbying before the end of the legislative session, but there are indications the legislature may opt instead for more disclosure of lobbying activities. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Pataki Ranks Lobbying Reform at Top of Agenda

Governor George Pataki says reform of lobbying practices and crime initiatives are some of his top priorities for the legislative session, which is set to end June 23. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.  Go to full article

Report: Lobbying in Albany on the Increase

The state's Commission on Lobbying found that lobbying in New York increased by 20% last year, to a new high of $144 million dollars. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Voting Machine Vendors Spend Big Bucks in NY

2005 will be the year the controversial debate over electronic voting machines comes to New York. Under the federal Help America Vote Act, New York has to replace its old lever-action voting machines in time for the 2006 elections. New York is expected to receive $100 million to help buy the new machines. Companies that make them are spending lots of money to get noticed in Albany. According to a report released yesterday by Common Cause New York, voting machine vendors spent more than $850,000 lobbying on bills pending in the state legislature. David Sommerstein spoke with Rachel Leon, Common Cause New York's executive director. She says among the top spenders are nationally-known companies.  Go to full article

Lawmakers Consider Lobby Reform

Proposals to expand the regulation of lobbyists and whether to ban all gifts to state officials were two of several items discussed at a hearing on lobbying reform. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Court Sides With Hip Hop's Simmons Over Lobby Law

A state Supreme Court judge has struck down part of the state's lobbying law, saying it's unconstitutional. The head of the state's lobbying commission, David Grandeau, says he agrees that the law is flawed, and wants Governor Pataki and the legislature to fix it. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

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