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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.

Pat Arnow

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.

Karen DeWitt

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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