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Expectations for major ethics reform in the state legislature are low, even though both former leaders of the legislature are facing prison time for corruption. With just over a week to go before the session ends, only one measure — to take back the pensions of lawmakers who are convicted felons — seems to be in play.

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  The New York State Board of Elections recently issued its final report on an experimental public campaign finance system that had no participants. Government reform groups say it’s another sign that the pilot program for one race in the 2014 election cycle was designed to fail, and that politicians in New York are not yet serious about real campaign finance reforms.

New York Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli addressed the veto of a Port Authority reform bill by Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey and Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York on this week's Capitol Connection.

The New York State comptroller says a commission should be set up to evaluate whether New York lawmakers should get a salary increase next year.

The Comptroller’s race has the option of a pilot program for public campaign financing, under a budget deal reached earlier this year. 

New York State Republicans have picked their candidate for Comptroller, he’s the Onondaga County Comptroller Robert Antonacci. He’ll be the first statewide candidate in New York to rely on public financing to pay for his campaign.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo is facing pressure to revive an issue that failed in state budget negotiations, enacting a public campaign financing system for statewide elections.

In the final budget deal, Cuomo agreed with legislative leaders to a pared down public campaign finance system that would apply only to the State Comptroller’s race, and sunset after this year.

The governor was immediately condemned by government reform groups who said the pilot program was cynically designed to fail. But Cuomo defended the deal, saying advocates were looking at the glass half empty.

The New York State Comptroller says he won’t be participating in a new pilot public campaign finance program agreed to in the state budget, and government reform groups say, they don’t blame him.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the recent shooting at Fort Hood, political donation caps, and public campaign financing involving NY State Comptroller DiNapoli.

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New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli says a test public campaign finance plan that would apply only to his office is “seriously flawed,” and might even be unworkable.

Fair elections supporters held a conference call this week to push for New York State campaign finance reform and public funding of elections.

A coalition of citizen activist groups including Citizen Action and the Working Families Party used the call as a platform to state their case for establishing a public financing system for New York state elections.

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NYS Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli

It was in late June and early July that floodwaters caused severe damage in parts of the Mohawk Valley, and the recovery continues as the cold weather moves in. State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli toured the area today at the invitation of state Senator Cecelia Tkaczyk, including Fort Plain in Montgomery County, one of the towns that sustained some of the worst damage.

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A report by New York State’s Comptroller Tom DiNapoli finds that the dysfunction in Washington may take a bite out of Wall Street profits for the remainder of this year.

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While the focus has been on the partial federal government shut down, another important piece of legislation, the federal Farm Bill, has also expired.  New York’s lead lobbyist for farmers is in Washington meeting with congressional representatives and their staffs trying to figure out what to do next.

The City of Detroit’s declaration of bankruptcy has left some in New York wondering whether any upstate cities will be next. State officials say they are trying to help with financial planning guidance, but local governments say more needs to be done.

State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli has created a fiscal stress monitoring system that measures the financial health of New York’s local governments. A preliminary report found two dozen cities, counties and villages are moderately to severely fiscally stressed.  DiNapoli say he hopes they can avoid the fate of Detroit.

NYS Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli
NYS Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli

New York's comptroller is trying to use the power of the pension fund to increase equal rights for same sex married couples. Comptroller Tom DiNapoli has written a letter to President Obama.

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New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is out with his first set of municipal fiscal stress scores based on his office’s new Fiscal Stress Monitoring System. The numbers were revealed during a teleconference today.

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New York state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli unveiled a new plan to overhaul the state’s brownfields program today. A Democrat, DiNapoli crafted the original brownfields bill when he was still in the state Assembly. Speaking with WAMC’s Alan Chartock on the Capitol Connection program, DiNapoli says tax loopholes within the program should be closed.

An outside review of New York's $150 billion pension fund for public workers shows it fixed ethical problems that led to a "pay-for-play" scandal.  

The three-year review by Michigan-based Funston Advisory Services says the Common Retirement Fund's 2009 decision to ban paid placement agents used by other pension funds does not appear to have kept it from accessing qualified outside investment managers.

The Capitol Connection #1303

Jan 18, 2013
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Host Alan Chartock is joined by New York state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, a Democrat who has held office since 2007 after two decades in the Assembly. They discuss firearm investments in the state pension fund, political spending by corporations, and the Tappan Zee project.

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Just two days after New York legislators passed first-in-the-nation gun law reforms in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, the state’s chief financial officer says pension fund investments in firearm companies have been frozen. Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli spoke on WAMC’s Capitol Connection program.

Host Alan Chartock is joined by New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli. They discuss the budget, Tier VI retirement discussions, redistricting, and ethics in the Comptroller's office.