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The Empire Plaza in Albany.
The Empire Plaza in Albany.

Scandal overshadows legislative agenda

The second half of New York's legislative session begins today.

The legislature has a long list of issues on the schedule, including decriminalizing marijuana, women's reproductive rights, and expanding casino gambling in the state.

But the agenda is likely to be dominated by the response to ongoing bribery and corruption scandals that came to light while lawmakers were on spring break.  Go to full article
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signs the 2013-14 budget in Buffalo on April 2, 2013. Photo: Gov. Cuomo's office via <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/governorandrewcuomo/">Flickr</a>
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signs the 2013-14 budget in Buffalo on April 2, 2013. Photo: Gov. Cuomo's office via Flickr

Scandal overshadows Cuomo's triumphant budget tour

Governor Cuomo is on a statewide tour to promote the newly-passed state budget, saying it shows that New York is functional again. But in the wake of two recent corruption and bribery arrests of state legislators, not everyone is completely convinced.  Go to full article

More of the same likely as New York enters another week without a budget

New York's budget is still overdue. Last week ended without progress and this coming week could be more of the same. Politcs continues to complicate the picture, as Senate Democrat Pedro Espada, whose vote is key to his party's slim majority, is under investigation. And Gov. Paterson will have to repeat his introduction of a budget extender. He may allow some construction projects to go ahead this time...just not with state money. Karen DeWitt has the story.  Go to full article

Albany gets down to work

Newly elected Governor Eliot Spitzer, on the first working day of the legislative session, paid a call on the leader of the opposition, Senate majority leader, Joe Bruno, and the rest of the Senate Republican leaders. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

McHugh responds to Foley scandal

Congressman John McHugh addressed the scandal involving former Congressman Mark Foley Friday in Saranac Lake. McHugh said he knew nothing of the sexual explicit e-mails Foley sent to teen pages. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article

APA Names Computer Scandal Employees

The Adirondack Park Agency has released the names of four employees reprimanded for emailing images of nude women. The scandal, which first broke in August of 2005, led to the resignation of APA director Dan Fitts. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

APA Clears Staff Of Ethics Charges

The Adirondack Park Agency says two staff members didn't violate state ethics laws by trying to steer projects to one of the workers' spouses. The findings were released Monday. The state Ethics Commission claimed last month that there was "reasonable cause" to believe that a violation had occurred. APA officials reviewed the allegations last week. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article
Park Agency Chairman Ross Whaley
Park Agency Chairman Ross Whaley

APA May Reduce Public Comments at Meetings

The Adirondack Park Agency was shaken this summer by a state investigation that found official computers were being used for the transmission of pornography. Executive director Dan Fitts resigned. Four other staff members implicated in the case haven't been named. The APA is now considering a new policy that would shorten the public comment period at monthly meetings. Commissioners have also begun enforcing an existing policy that prevents the public from commenting on agenda items scheduled for a vote. As Brian Mann reports, the move to tighten rules for public input at meetings sparked new criticism for the Agency.  Go to full article
APA executive director Dick LeFebvre
APA executive director Dick LeFebvre

Critic Says New APA Chief Emailed Racy Photo

The Adirondack Park Agency's new executive director has been accused of transmitting a photograph of partially nude women to one of his state employees. Dick LeFebvre took over at the APA in August, following a computer pornography scandal that forced executive director Dan Fitts to resign. LeFebvre had been serving as executive director of the Hudson River-Black River Regulating District. The state authority manages dams and reservoirs across the north country. A former employee has filed a written complaint claiming that LeFebvre emailed an improper photo and made inappropriate jokes at a Regulating District office party. As Brian Mann reports, Regulating District officials say they'll investigate the allegation.  Go to full article
APA Chairman Ross Whaley
APA Chairman Ross Whaley

Whaley Says APA Scandal Names will be Disclosed

Four staff members at the APA have been accused of using state-owned computers to store or transmit pornographic images. The activity isn't illegal, but it is a violation of state policy. Critics of the Park Agency and some journalists have urged the APA to disclose the names and make public any sanctions. Chairman Ross Whaley spoke at length yesterday with Brian Mann. Whaley argues that there's no public benefit in revealing the employees' identities. But he concedes that state law will eventually force him to disclose the names. Whaley wouldn't say when the names will be disclosed. An internal review is continuing.  Go to full article

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