Blair Horner

Blair Horner: A Perfect Storm For Ethics Reform?

Oct 19, 2015


Is it possible that there might be a “perfect storm” which will break Albany’s ethics reform logjam?  New Yorkers should hope so.

Last week, advocates across the nation celebrated “National Voter Registration Day.”  In New York, there was little to celebrate.

Five years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court issued the latest in a series of rulings on campaign finance regulations – the Citizens United decision.  That decision was the latest in equating free speech with the ability of individuals and corporations alike to spend as much as they wanted to advance a political point of view.

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As fighting there continues, Governor Andrew Cuomo and other top New York lawmakers fly off to Israel Tuesday for what's being described as a  “unity trip.”  

Cuomo said in a statement New York has a "special relationship" with Israel and that he's proud to be leading the bipartisan visit to "reaffirm our friendship and support."  Cuomo,  Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Senate co-leaders Dean Skelos and Jeff Klein plan to meet with Israeli leaders and visit residents affected by the fighting.

America’s campaign finance system has been awful for many years.  But thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court, that bad situation has gotten worse.  In its landmark decision Citizen United, the Court ruled that corporations have the same free speech rights as flesh and blood human beings.  As such, corporations can spend as much as they want on elections, as long as such spending is not coordinated with a candidate.

Karen DeWitt

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo defended himself yesterday against the fallout from a New York Times report last week revealed that a top Cuomo aide pressured the Moreland Commission to stop subpoenas to a pair of Cuomo-friendly organizations.

Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders are touting the virtues of the newly enacted state budget, but the spending plan has its share of critics.

The April 1 deadline has come and New York State has an on-time budget. New York Public Interest Research Group Legislative Director Blair Horner joins Alan in the studio today to talk about the budget. We want to know what you think of it, too.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock talks with NYPIRG's Blair Horner about New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and campaign financing.

Blair Horner: Ethics Reform Is Still Needed

Mar 10, 2014

The failure of Albany to clean up its ongoing – and seemingly unending – ethics scandals was again in the news last week.