Dan Halloran http://wamc.org en Lalor says legislative leadership that tolerated corruption must go http://wamc.org/post/lalor-says-legislative-leadership-tolerated-corruption-must-go <p>ALBANY – Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor (R, Fishkill) said the governor’s proposed legislation to get tough on public corruption is only a first step.</p><p>Lalor said the second step “has to be clearing the legislature of leadership that has tolerated corruption,” and that should start at the top of the Assembly with Democrat Speaker Sheldon Silver stepping down.</p><p>The freshman lawmaker said there should be term limits on the legislature and those in its leadership positions.</p><p>Lalor also called for the end to member items.</p> Wed, 10 Apr 2013 12:55:03 +0000 Hank Gross 61883 at http://wamc.org Lalor says legislative leadership that tolerated corruption must go Lawmaker accused of bribes in NYC mayor race plot http://wamc.org/post/lawmaker-accused-bribes-nyc-mayor-race-plot-0 <p></p><p></p><p></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px;">A federal prosecutor says a Democratic state lawmaker wanted to pay GOP bosses to let him run for mayor of New York City as a Republican, which is easier in a city crowded with Democratic politicians.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px;">U.S. Attorney <font color="red">Preet</font>&nbsp;<font color="red">Bharara</font> says Tuesday's arrest of state Sen. Malcolm Smith, City Councilman Dan Halloran and four others was part of a "Show me the money" political culture.</span></p> Wed, 03 Apr 2013 11:34:49 +0000 Jaired Crofut 61321 at http://wamc.org Lawmaker accused of bribes in NYC mayor race plot NY pols lose powers after corruption arrests http://wamc.org/post/ny-pols-lose-powers-after-corruption-arrests <p></p><p></p><p>A New York City councilman has been stripped of his power to direct money for his district and a state senator has been removed from his leadership role after their arrests in a federal corruption case.</p><p>City Councilman Dan Halloran was stripped of his committee assignments and money-allocating authority Tuesday evening.</p><p>Earlier Tuesday, state Sen. Malcolm Smith was removed from his committee assignments and leadership post in the breakaway Independent Democratic Conference. It forms a majority coalition with Senate Republicans.</p> Wed, 03 Apr 2013 11:02:40 +0000 Jaired Crofut 61317 at http://wamc.org NY pols lose powers after corruption arrests