Eight more names of lawmakers  and others potentially involved in corruption were made public Wednesday, when a judge ordered prosecutors in the case of convicted ex- Senator Shirley Huntley to make public the names of  her colleagues that she secretly recorded.  WAMC's Capitol Correspondent Karen Dewitt reports.

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A hearing by Senate Republicans on New York City’s public campaign financing system was overshadowed by protests, as government reform groups and other members of the public were denied entry, and noisy protests ensued.

The Senate GOP sent out notices that there would be a public hearing on what the Republicans say are the “abuses” in New York City’s public campaign finance system.

Liz Benjamin: Trouble For "Senator #1"

May 6, 2013
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Since the revelation that former Bronx Assemblyman Nelson Castro had been working as a double agent for federal prosecutors for almost the entire duration of his four years in office, the most popular political parlor game in Albany has been trying to guess who else might be wearing a wire.

Corruption Still Dominates Discussion in Albany

Apr 22, 2013
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Anti-corruption is the dominant topic at the New York State legislature for the second week in a row, following bribery charges against two state lawmakers, including a former Senate leader. As Karen DeWitt reports, a new poll finds 81 percent of voters expect more Senators and Assemblymembers will be arrested.

A poll finds New Yorkers are upset about recent corruption scandals in Albany, and think that Governor Cuomo should take the lead to clean things up.

The Quinnipiac University poll finds that more New Yorkers than ever think government corruption is a “very serious” problem, following two high-profile scandals in which a Senator and Assemblyman have been charged with bribery. Another Assemblyman admitted to being a government informant and said he’d been wearing wire on and off for the past four years.

New York State lawmakers are returning to work after a two-week spring break. It’s their first meeting since two lawmakers have been charged with bribery in corruption scandals.

Senators and Assemblymembers met for the first time since Senator Malcolm Smith was charged with trying to bribe his way onto the Republican New York City Mayoral ticket, among other things, and Assemblyman Eric Stevenson was accused of taking thousands of dollars to write legislation to benefit developers of an adult day care center.

Two days after a state Senator was arrested for trying to bribe his way onto the New York City mayoral ballot, a state Assemblyman has been accused of accepting  payments to sponsor legislation that would benefit developers of an adult day care center in the Bronx.

It was déjà vu all over again, as U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara stepped to the microphones to announce that yet another New York state lawmaker has been accused of bribery and corruption.

Just two days after State Senator Malcolm Smith of New York City was charged with bribery, another state lawmaker is facing the same charge in an un-related case.

Two days after a New York state Senator was arrested for trying to bribe his way onto the New York City mayoral ballot, a state Assemblyman has been accused of accepting  payments to sponsor legislation that would benefit developers of an adult day care center in the Bronx.

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Yesterday’s events in New York will surely go down as yet another marker in the state’s history of political corruption as six officials, including former New York State Senate Majority Leader, State Senator Malcolm Smith, are now facing federal charges.

Today we want your take on the so-called culture of corruption that seems to pervade many areas of public service and elected office. Does power corrupt those who have it? WAMC's Alan Chartock hosts.

NY pols lose powers after corruption arrests

Apr 3, 2013
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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.

City Councilman Dan Halloran was stripped of his committee assignments and money-allocating authority Tuesday evening.

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.

New York State Senator Malcolm Smith is among six people arrested for allegedly trying to rig the Republican race for mayor of New York City. Smith, from Queens, and New York City Councilman Dan Halloran, were arrested by the F.B.I. this morning.

NEW YORK (AP) — New York state Sen. Malcolm Smith, a New York City councilman and four other politicians are facing charges in a public corruption probe.

Former Massachusetts State Treasurer Timothy Cahill, who is facing corruption charges, was in court briefly Wednesday.  WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports…

A pre-trial conference in Cahill’s case was postponed for a month at the request of Jeffrey Denner, Cahill’s new lawyer, who told the judge he needed time to get up to speed.  There was no change in the September date for Cahill’s trial.  

Cahill told reporters in Boston after the brief hearing that he is confident his legal team will prove he did nothing wrong. 

Hearing Set in Case Against Ex-MA Treasurer

Apr 25, 2012

A hearing is scheduled in the case against ex-state Treasurer Timothy Cahill and two of his former aides.  WAMC's Tristan O'Neill reports...

Cahill is accused of airing taxpayer-funded ads for the state lottery as a means of promoting his own unsuccessful campaign for governor in 2010. He has denied any wrongdoing.

Scott Campbell, Cahill's former top aide, and Alfred Grazioso, the lottery's former chief of staff, have also pleaded not guilty.

A pre-trial conference is scheduled for Wednesday in Suffolk Superior Court. It wasn't known if Cahill would attend.

Former Massachusetts State Treasurer Timothy Cahill has been indicted on corruption charges stemming from his failed run for governor in 2010.   WAMC's Paul Tuthill reports…

The charges against Cahill announced Monday by Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley allege that he directed the Massachusetts State Lottery to use $1.5 million in taxpayer funded advertising to promote his gubernatorial bid...

"We allege that's an unwarranted, unfair, and unlawful advantage and it's criminal in Massachusetts."