New York State Board of Elections

Mike Spain

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Mike Spain, Associated Editor of The Times Union, about a complaint filed against Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan's election campaign.  The pair also discuss Robert Carville, a former tannery owner, who was indicted and faces up to $41 million in fines for storing hazardous waste at his abandoned factory in Gloversville, N.Y.

NY IG Criticizes Release Of A Report To A Newspaper

May 31, 2016

New York's inspector general has criticized a Board of Elections spokesman for releasing an investigative report about New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to a newspaper.

New York City officials have been subpoenaed by local and federal prosecutors amid an investigation into the mayor's campaign fundraising operation. 

WAMC, Allison Dunne

A New York state senator from the Hudson Valley has introduced legislation calling for increased penalties for people found violating election law. The bill is prompted by what he alleges were unlawful campaign contributions in the 2014 elections tied to New York City’s mayor. 

The New York State Board of Elections has finalized its review of candidate petitions for the June federal primary ballot.

New York State Capitol

Governor Cuomo’s anti corruption commission issued a scathing report Monday evening that criticizes what the commission says is Albany’s culture of corruption and recommends numerous reforms.

The Moreland Act Commissioners describe their report as a “blue print” to fix what they say is the pervasive “dysfunction” in Albany. They recommend enacting New York City style public campaign financing for statewide elections, and closing loopholes that allow limited liability corporations and party housekeeping accounts to blatantly shirk existing limits for campaign contributions.

Gambling chips

Two citizens groups are calling on the New York State Board of Elections to resign over wording of a ballot proposal about casino gambling. One is based in Ulster County, where casino supporters have their hopes set on seeing a casino built.

APNewsBreak: NY Argues Casino Suit Filed Too Late

Oct 10, 2013

Court papers show New York will argue that a challenge to its referendum to expand casino gambling was filed too late, even though the state didn't release the measure's wording on its website until after the deadline to sue.

The state Board of Elections will say in court Friday that lawyer Eric Snyder missed his chance to sue. The state says in court papers that a judge shouldn't side with Snyder because that would throw the Nov. 5 ballot into chaos and threaten the ability of soldiers in "harm's way" from voting.

Cuomo Administration Denies Secret Vote On Casinos

Oct 9, 2013
Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration says the Board of Elections didn't approve its rosy rewording of a casino expansion referendum in secret as a lawyer suing the state claims.

Karen DeWitt

This morning at the New York State Capitol, Governor Andrew Cuomo made good on his promise to establish a powerful investigative body to examine the state Board of Elections and potential wrongdoing by legislators in campaign fundraising.

Unable to sway legislators to agree on a package of campaign finance and legislative ethics reforms before the end of session last month, Governor Cuomo made it clear he intended to tackle public corruption in a year that has already seen several sitting state legislators indicted on federal corruption charges.

Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

Governor Cuomo says he will be announcing his Moreland Act commission to investigate the campaign donation filings of the legislature in the “immediate future”, possibly as early as Thursday.

Cuomo failed to get lawmakers to agree on a package of campaign finance reforms,  and says he will now appoint a commission under the powers’ of the state’s Moreland Act, to investigate campaign filings at the State Board of Elections. The governor say in the end, it might even work out better.