corruption

Politics
6:06 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Controversy Over Access Overshadows Senate Hearing

Protesters try to see today's hearing
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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.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:20 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Liz Benjamin: Trouble For "Senator #1"

Liz Benjamin
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Et Tu, Shirley?

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.

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Politics
6:20 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Corruption Still Dominates Discussion in Albany

Speaker Silver
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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.

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Politics
6:06 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Poll: New Yorkers want action against corruption

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.

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Politics
6:24 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Lawmakers back to Albany after break of scandal

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.

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Politics
4:50 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Albany in ethics crisis as two more state legislators fall

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.

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New York News
3:27 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Alan Chartock - Corruption in the New York State Legislature

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.

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Politics
12:04 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Another day, another New York legislator in handcuffs

Assemblyman Stevenson

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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Vox Pop
3:00 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Vox Pop : Open Forum - Public Corruption : 4/3/13

New York State Senator Malcolm Smith
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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.

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New York News
7:02 am
Wed April 3, 2013

NY pols lose powers after corruption arrests

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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.

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