Albany Corruption

The New York state Capitol
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New Yorkers have the power on November 7 to decide whether some state officials convicted of a felony should be stripped of their pensions.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo
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Reform advocates are taking exception to remarks made by Governor Andrew Cuomo, who said there already is enough oversight of potentially corrupt activities in Albany.

 Alain Kaloyeros and Governor Cuomo
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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he met with federal authorities about a corruption case against a former top aide.

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U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara of New York’s Southern District returned to Albany Thursday for the first time since his office announced charges against several high-profile New York officials and developers last month. Bharara, whose office also successfully prosecuted former state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos on corruption charges, spoke at an evening forum at the College of St. Rose.

Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle
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Last week, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara unsealed a 79-page criminal complaint against three members of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s inner circle and six other individuals.  The multiple counts of alleged extortion, fraud, and bribery have reignited the debate over ethics reform in Albany.  During a visit to Plattsburgh on Tuesday, state Assembly Majority Leader Democrat Joe Morelle said he and other legislators are disturbed by the latest indictments.