Blair Horner: Albany On Trial

Nov 16, 2015

As the former New York State Senate Majority Leader goes to trial and his former counterpart Assembly Speaker is still in court, it has become clear that whatever the outcome, Albany’s ethics is on trial.

Schneiderman To Sit Out Politics For Now

Oct 23, 2015
Pat Bradley/WAMC

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says he’s made a decision to stay out of politics for now, due to a climate of corruption and ongoing investigations by his office.

A former New York state assemblyman has been sentenced to 14 years in prison after he was caught in a sting operation accepting bribes from a carnival promoter and two undercover FBI agents posing as out-of-town real estate investors.

  In his 60-plus years as a trial lawyer, Gerry Spence has never represented a person accused of a crime in which the police hadn't themselves violated the law. The police and prosecutors won't charge or convict themselves, and so the crimes of the criminal justice system are swept under the rug. Nothing changes.

According to Spence, too many police officers are killers on the loose, and every uninformed American is a potential next victim. He discusses this in his new book, Police State: How America's Cops Get Away with Murder.

An ex-chairman of New York's short-lived Moreland anti-corruption commission says it has altered scandal-scarred Albany's landscape despite its early shutdown.

Blair Horner: Is Albany Throwing In The Towel On Ethics?

Aug 3, 2015

  Even by Albany’s scandal-stained record, last week was unique: 2 state Senators were found guilty of corruption in two separate trials.  Former State Senate Majority Leader John Sampson and current Deputy Majority leader Tom Libous are now facing prison time for violating the public’s trust.

Given the historic nature of those convictions, it would be reasonable to expect reaction from Albany’s political leadership.  But that was not the case.  Instead of news releases and calls for action, only the sounds of crickets were heard from the state Capitol. 

  Gary Hart is an American politician and a former Colorado senator, serving in Congress from 1975 to 1987.

His new book, The Republic of Conscience, is a meditation on the growing gap between the founding principles of the United States Constitution and our current political landscape.

Cuomo Admits Corruption Cloud Hampering Deals

Jun 10, 2015
Matt Ryan

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo acknowledges that the cloud of corruption over the capitol is making it harder to achieve end of session deals. Cuomo says currently, there are no deals on any end of session issues, including renewal of New York City rent laws and a related property tax cap, or an education tax credit the governor is pushing.

Rich Honen - FIFA

Jun 9, 2015

Corporate attorney, Rich Honen, pays us a visit once a month with some thoughts on headlines from the business world.

This month we'll speak with him about the implications of the controversy surrounding the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA).

Rich Honen is with Phillips Lytle LLP where he is the partner in charge of the Albany office.

  Another New York legislative leader has been arrested on corruption charges.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Chris Gibson tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that his fellow Republican Dean Skelos should no longer be the Senate leader.

This was recorded before Skelos stepped down on Monday 5/11.