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Gov. Andrew Cuomo announces the formation of the "Commission to Investigate Public Corruption" under the Moreland Act and Executive Law Section 63(8) to probe systemic public corruption and the appearance of such corruption in state government, political campaigns and elections in New York State. Photo:  Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office via Flickr
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announces the formation of the "Commission to Investigate Public Corruption" under the Moreland Act and Executive Law Section 63(8) to probe systemic public corruption and the appearance of such corruption in state government, political campaigns and elections in New York State. Photo: Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office via Flickr

Are pensions a backdoor way to fight corruption?

The commission appointed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to investigate public corruption is holding its first series of hearings.

At the kick-off event in New York City, a federal prosecutor prominent in busting corruption in the legislature says he's found a back door way to confiscating the pensions of convicted state politicians.  Go to full article
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announces the formation of the "Commission to Investigate Public Corruption" under the Moreland Act and Executive Law Section 63(8) to probe systemic public corruption and the appearance of such corruption in state government, political campaigns and elections in New York State. Photo:  Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office via <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/governorandrewcuomo/page2/">Flickr</a>
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announces the formation of the "Commission to Investigate Public Corruption" under the Moreland Act and Executive Law Section 63(8) to probe systemic public corruption and the appearance of such corruption in state government, political campaigns and elections in New York State. Photo: Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office via Flickr

NYS corruption commission issues subpoenas

The co-chair of Governor Cuomo's Moreland Act Commission on public corruption, Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice, says subpoenas have been sent out and more public hearings are planned.  Go to full article
Former JCOPE Chair Janet DiFiore (right), along with former executive director Ellen Biben (left) at a JCOPE meeting. Both have resigned from the panel. Photo: Karen DeWitt
Former JCOPE Chair Janet DiFiore (right), along with former executive director Ellen Biben (left) at a JCOPE meeting. Both have resigned from the panel. Photo: Karen DeWitt

Appointees resign amidst lack of faith in ethics panel

The state ethics commission met Tuesday, and spent most of its time in a private session, as a key appointee of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver resigned from the board.  Go to full article
Mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner at the NYC Pride Parade last month. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/42757699@N04/9179446712/">Neon Tommy</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner at the NYC Pride Parade last month. Photo: Neon Tommy, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Cuomo likens Weiner sexting scandal to "summer theater"

Governor Cuomo refuses to get involved in the controversy surrounding former Congressman Anthony Weiner's latest sexting activities, and his refusal to drop out of the race for mayor of New York City.

Cuomo has not joined fellow Democrats who've demanded that Weiner leave the race. But the governor did comment on the recent events for the first time yesterday.  Go to full article
Vito Lopez, speaking on a bill in New York's Assembly. Photo: <a href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Vito-J-Lopez/">New York State Assembly</a>
Vito Lopez, speaking on a bill in New York's Assembly. Photo: New York State Assembly

Will the ethics report on the Lopez scandal be released this month?

The state ethics commission report on the Assemblyman Vito Lopez sexual harassment scandal might finally be made public later this month.  Go to full article
NY Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. Photo: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:SpeakerSilver.jpg">NYer42</a>, public domain
NY Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. Photo: NYer42, public domain

Cuomo, Assembly Dems roll out reform ideas

At the New York State Capitol, lawmakers are scrambling to put forward plans responding to the recent twin corruption scandals involving bribery charges against a state Senator and Assemblyman.

Tuesday it was the Assembly Democrats' turn to weigh in, while Gov. Andrew Cuomo rolled out two more components of his own reform plan.  Go to full article
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

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