Rensselaer, NY, Sep 10, 2012 — The state's Joint Commission on Public Ethics is scheduled to meet Monday amid a growing legislative sexual harassment scandal. The commission isn't issuing an agenda and won't confirm the scandal has been or will be discussed in the board's closed-door sessions.
The Joint Commission on Public Ethics, or JCOPE, met privately last week to consider its role in a sexual harassment scandal involving Brooklyn Assemblyman Vito Lopez.
The New York Times reported on a leak from JCOPE that the ethics commission had voted not to probe the secret settlement authorized by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. But good government groups protested. Go to full article
Rensselaer, NY, Jan 30, 2012 — Governor Cuomo is lending some support to Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's proposal to raise the pay of state legislators. But, as Karen DeWitt reports, the governor says now might not be the best time. Go to full article
Rensselaer, NY, Jun 21, 2011 — As the legislative session drags on, it seems an end may be in sight. The senate and assembly leaders have announced a "tentative framework agreement" with Governor Cuomo to resolve all the remaining end of session issues- except- gay marriage. Karen DeWitt has the details: Go to full article
Itís the fox guarding the henhouse. It doesnít work.
Rensselaer, 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
Rensselaer, NY, Apr 07, 2011 — Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says he hasn't given up on extending the state's tax on millionaires, even though it was not a part of the recently approved state budget. Karen DeWitt reports. Go to full article
When so many of us are being asked to sacrifice, the wealthy should indeed also help in the solution of our stateís budget problems.
Rensselaer, NY, Mar 01, 2011 — One month before the state budget is due, support to continue a so-called millionaire's tax in New York seems to be waning, with the Assembly Speaker saying the likelihood of retaining the temporary income surcharge on the state's wealthiest is "poor." Karen Dewitt reports from Albany. Go to full article
Carl Paladino meets reporters in Albany yesterday. Photo by Karen DeWitt
Albany, NY, Apr 07, 2010 — The newest Republican candidate for New York governor -- Carl Paladino -- brought his campaign to the state capitol yesterday.
When he announced his run Monday in Buffalo, he promised to shake up. And yesterday he had tough talk for some of the insiders, notably legislative leaders and his likely opponent, Democrat Andrew Cuomo. Martha Foley has more. Go to full article
Albany, NY, Mar 18, 2010 — Governor David Paterson is delaying state income tax refunds by about two weeks for hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers to make sure the state has enough cash on hand to meet financial obligations. Martha Foley has more. Go to full article
Feb 03, 2009 — Legislative leaders are preparing a plan to close an over $1.5-billion gap later this week, but so far are tight lipped about what they will actually cut. Karen DeWitt reports. Go to full article