ethics reform

Commentary & Opinion
3:52 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Blair Horner: Flawed Budget And Ethics Deals


The big news last week was the passage of the new state budget.  As has happened all-too-often, the budget was the product of horse trading and negotiations conducted in secret.  That’s right, despite the fact that it’s your money, Governor Cuomo and state lawmakers agreed to a $142 billion state budget and approved it in a way that meant that New Yorkers only found out the details after the fact.

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New York News
6:06 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

New Ethics Law In New York Has Loopholes, Reformers Say

Credit Times Union Website Crime Confidential Blog

  The New York legislature completed an almost on-time budget, around 3 a.m. on the first day of the state’s fiscal year. One of the final pieces to come together was an ethics reform package, which will provide greater disclosure of lawmaker’s outside income. But critics say it does not go far enough.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:52 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Blair Horner: Ethics Reform - How We Got Here And Where We're Going


In January of this year, then-Speaker of the Assembly Silver was arrested for his alleged abuse of power – using his official position to illegally obtain millions of dollars in outside income.  With that arrest as a backdrop, in February Governor Cuomo organized a speech at New York University’s Law School to announce his ethics reform plan.  The governor had a number of options for addressing the central problems that contribute to New York’s ethical scandals, including:

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New York News
6:06 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Commission Proposal Floated To Resolve Teacher Evaluation Impasse In Budget

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and the legislature are considering a  commission to design a new teacher evaluation plan, in order to break an impasse over the state budget. But even some lawmakers admit that the compromise is just kicking the can down the road.

Cuomo has demanded that education policy changes be passed along with the state budget, or he’ll hold up school aid increases.

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New York News
6:06 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Cuomo, Lawmakers Make Progress on Budget

Credit Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

Governor Andrew Cuomo and the legislature are making progress on the budget. Cuomo, after a private meeting with Senate Republicans, says he’s closer to an agreement on ethics reform, but the governor is getting some criticism for dropping some items out of the budget, including the Dream Act.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:52 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

Blair Horner: The Governor Cuts An Ethics Deal With The Speaker


Last week, Governor Cuomo and Assembly Speaker Heastie announced an agreement to strengthen New York’s ethics laws.  At that time, the governor touted the agreement as extraordinary, the “most stringent ethical policy in the United States of America.”

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New York News
6:06 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

Ethics Unresolved In Albany

Credit legislativegazette.com

There’s still no final three way deal on an ethics reform proposal at the State Capitol.  And reform groups say a proposal offered by Governor Cuomo and the state Assembly does not go far enough.

The plan by Cuomo and Assembly Democrats requires that lawmakers disclose the source of all outside income they receive above $1000. Lawyers must reveal the names of their clients if they earn more than $5000. They would also have to prove they are actually in Albany, through an electronic monitoring system, before receiving their expense payments.

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New York News
6:06 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Cuomo, Senate At Odds Over Ethics Reform

Credit Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

There’s just about a week and a half left before the budget deadline, and Governor Andrew Cuomo and lawmakers remain at odds over a number of issues, including whether ethics disclosure rules should apply to Governor Cuomo as well as the legislature.

New York News
6:06 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Cuomo And Assembly Speaker Offer Joint Ethics Reform Proposal

Credit Karen DeWitt

  Governor Andrew Cuomo and the Speaker of the Assembly say they hope the State Senate will sign on to their joint proposal for ethics reform, as a new poll finds the governor with dropping job approval numbers.

Cuomo and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie took the unusual step of calling their ethics measure a “deal,” even though they need the State Senate to agree to the plan in order for it to become law.

“This is a day of progress and good news,” Cuomo said.

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New York News
6:06 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Poll Finds New Yorkers Don't Want A Late Budget Over An Ethics Fight

Credit WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

    Governor Andrew Cuomo has repeatedly threatened to hold up the state budget over ethics reform and other issues, like education policy. Now, a poll finds that voters would rather that the budget be on time. The spending plan is due March 31st and lawmakers return to Albany Wednesday to begin several weeks of negotiations.

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